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TUF 16’s Sam Alvey says UFC sent message with cutting of cast

Sam AlveyOne of the biggest names on the cast entering the freshly concluded season of the Ultimate Fighter was Sam Alvey, a Bellator veteran with some respectable wins on his record. Though Alvey was taken out of the competition early, he certainly put forth a solid effort and gave no real reason behavior-wise to merit a release after the show’s conclusion.

However, like twelve of the sixteen fighters on TUF 16, Alvey wasn’t invited back to the UFC and has been relegated back to the regional scene. “Smilin” Sam addressed the matter in a recent conversation with MMAWeekly Radio where he didn’t blame anyone but himself but also stated the UFC’s approach should be seen as a warning shot.

“It was surprising,” Alvey confessed. “I guess they wanted to teach future seasons a lesson.”

“Don’t worry about winning a fight, punch with your chin up and hope you get a knockout cause that’s what they’re looking for,” elaborated Alvey. “Message received. It is what it is, but it comes down to I should have won. Those of us that were on the show, we should have won. That’s what’s important.”

The only fighters kept on by the UFC from TUF 16 were Neil Magny, Jon Manley, Mike Ricci, and eventual winner Colton Smith (the last four men left in the tournament).

While the 26-year old won’t be seen in the Octagon anytime soon, the 19-4 Alvey’s next in-ring outing is still noteworthy as he’ll be facing Elvis Mutapcic in a middleweight title-fight on February 15 at MFC 35. Entering TUF 16 Alvey had won back-to-back bouts with both including a first-frame finish.


  • MCM says:

    Alvey wasn’t invited back cause he didn’t win a single fight in the house. Outside of Kimbo, I can’t think of any fighter in the past 6 or 7 seasons that didn’t at least win their first fight that was signed by the UFC after TUF.

  • MickeyC says:

    I have mixed feelings. I can see why they cut all of these guys. But I can also see Alvey being kept, even with the loss. Out of the guys on the show, he was at least a known fighter, I would not have complained with seeing him for another fight. I also noticed that they had less of the loosers fighting each other on the last show. Also no loosers were brought back due to other injuries, somthing we normally have seen in the past.

  • MCM says:

    I think Alvey will get a shot if he puts together a few wins in the smaller promotions. I think if a fighter had been injured (hard to do when since they weren’t training or fighting 😉 ) he would have been the first choice as a replacement. I can see Alvey going the Seth Baczynski route in being cut then winning a few then coming in and making a decent run in the UFC.


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