Sam Alvey picked up perhaps the biggest win of his career by defeating former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evan’s at last night’s (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) UFC Fight Night 114 event in Mexico City, Mexico.
And though it wasn’t exactly the most thrilling bout, “Smilin” has a huge win on his resume against a man he himself loves to watch compete. And at times, Sam couldn’t help but to be in awe of sharing the Octagon with a legend.
“A little awestruck,” Alvey told MMAjunkie. “I’d never experienced that before. But Rashad is one of those guys that, he’s fighting, I watch.”
Still, Alvey is kicking himself since he says he couldn’t seem to pop off that third straight punch his corner was yelling for. And he can’t help but to feel disappointed after not putting up the type of fight he knows he’s capable of on he biggest stage.
“This was going to be that fight where people remember me forever, and I doodled a little bit,” Alvey said, who says hopes Evans doesn’t retire after suffering his fourth straight loss.
“I would be devastated if I retired Rashad Evans,” he said. “I want to see him fight. I’m a huge fan of him. I know this fight was a little bit of two counter-strikers trying to counter-strike, but I love watching him move and groove.”
With a big win over an established veteran under his belt, Alvey doesn’t want to stop there, as he calls for another fight against a former champion and pioneer of the sport.
“It started with Rashad,” Alvey said. “Vitor (Belfort), you’re next. I don’t care where or when. You just tell me where, and I’ll sign the dotted line tomorrow,” he concluded.
Belfort is coming off a win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212, which prompted him to push pause on his MMA retirement. And of you care to see Alvey vs “The Phenom” next?
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