Sam Alvey Stops Lucas Lopes at ShoFight 20 with First Round TKO; Is UFC Next for Smile'N Sam?
The wins keep piling up for Sam Alvey as the Team Quest middleweight made short work of Strikeforce veteran Lucas Lopes over the weekend at ShoFight 20 in Springfield, Missouri.
Despite differing reports of the outcome – most likely due to the fact that Alvey vs. Lopes was switched mid-card to the night's final bout – Alvey stayed ready and easily dispatched of Lopes via TKO just 1:37 into the very first round.
Telling US Combat Sports, "I hit him really hard," Alvey continued to assert himself as one of the middleweight division's most promising prospects currently competing outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and raised his record to an ultra-impressive mark of 19-4.
Notching his eighth victory in his last ten appearances, the Wisconsin-native finds himself right on the cusp of a major organization. In an interview with USCS prior to Saturday's dominant victory, Alvey was confident that a win would be enough to help him reach his goal of earning a UFC contract. Now it's time to wait and see.
Since joining the professional ranks a little less than four years ago, Alvey has shot up the charts with wins over a number of notable opponents including Lopes, Karl Amoussou, Jason Guida, and others.
"Smile'N Sam" was named Wisconsin's Fighter of the Year in 2009, barely missed out on the same award a year later, and has grown to become one of the state's most successful homegrown products.
Interestingly, if Alvey is able to corral an elusive deal with Dana White and company, he will be one of the first Wisconsin fighters over the past few years to do so without training out of the Roufusport camp in Milwaukee.
Prior to moving westward to train at Team Quest in California, Alvey was a mainstay under Paul Metz at Metz's Combat Club in Manitowoc. The grinning gladiator holds a special place in the heart of many Wisconsin fans that view him as a gritty, hardworking competitor that has found success on his own terms.
Hopefully he will have the chance to showcase his talents in the near future within the UFC.