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.