When the list of fighters slated for action on TUF 16 was released Sam Alvey definitely stood out as a favorite to make the final and possibly even emerge with the season’s crown when things were said and done. The 26-year old Bellator veteran holds an overall record of 19-4 with thirteen finishes and even outpointed Karl Amoussou a little over a year ago. He also scored a slick knockout in the qualifying round of TUF 16, both earning the honor of being Shane Carwin’s #1 pick and solidifying his status as a name to watch as a result.

However, Team Nelson’s Joey Rivera had a different ending in mind for Alvey when the two tussled last night, scoring a Majority Decision win to eliminate his happy-go-lucky adversary from the competition. Rivera’s victory came as the result of a few well-timed takedowns, submission attempts, and head kicks.

“The fight was very nerve-racking because he was the number one guy, the first one to get picked. He was also the biggest guy in the house. I felt a lot of tension,” explained Rivera in an interview with the UFC. “It was the hardest fight of my life to that point because I didn’t know much about him and that definitely played a part in how I fought and felt.”

Meanwhile, the stumble understandably left Alvey extremely disappointed, though in standard fashion “Smilin” Sam was able to put a positive spin on things.

“Losing the fight was absolutely crippling. I was sadder after that loss then I have ever been before. Joey was one of the nicest guy’s in the house and if I had to lose to someone, I’m glad at least it was to him,” said Alvey. “But the force is strong in me, and I will bounce back 100% better than I ever was.”

Rivera’s win evened things up between Team Carwin and Team Nelson at 1-1. Other highlights from the show included contestant Nic Herron-Webb rubbing his housemates the wrong way by making noise late at night and a few of Team Nelson’s members moving Alvey’s mattress to the swimming pool.