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‘Smilin’ Sam Alvey Ties BJ Penn’s Record at UFC Vegas 47

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‘Smilin’ Sam Alvey (33-17-1 10-12-1 UFC) extended his winless streak to seven on Saturday night. At the APEX in Las Vegas, Alvey stepped into the Octagon for the 23rd time against Brendan Allen. Taking the fight on short notice, Allen caught Alvey in a rear-naked choke forcing the tap out at 2:10 into the second round. 

“I’ve Lost A Step”

With another loss, Alvey is now winless in his last eight including a split draw against Da Un Jung at UFC 254. His loss ties BJ Penn for the longest losing streak in UFC history, and so many fans wondered if this would be the end for Alvey who hasn’t seen his hand raised since 2018.

It didn’t take long for fans to get their answer. In an emotional post on TikTok, Alvey acknowledged that something clearly needs to change, but he has no intention of walking away from the sport. 

“Hey guys, I’m fresh off my UFC fight and as I’m sure a lot of you saw, I did not — I didn’t get it done. I’ve lost a step. Something needs to change and I’m gonna make the correction.

“I’m not done fighting but I love this sport and you know what? God has blessed me. God, I raise God’s name on a high. I would not have the career I’ve had without him and I really have had a good career.  I’ve had a long career.”

“I’ve had — shoot, that was my 23rd fight in the UFC. I’ve had a career that people dream of.  I’m not done fighting but I know I need to take a little bit of a hiatus.

“My YouTube channel, I’m gonna really push that. I wanna help coach, I wanna help coach you guys. If you have questions, if you wanna learn from me, if you wanna teach me, follow me on there, follow me here. I’m gonna keep pushing. I wanna help others win, I’m winning again too.

“I’m not done. I love you guys.”

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Prior to his official UFC debut, Alvey was part of The Ultimate Fighter’s 16th season. Alvey lost in the second round of the competition to Joey Rivera, but earned another shot after winning four out of five on the regional scene, including a win over current UFC middleweight Gerald Meerschaert.

Whether or not Alvey should retire is a regular debate within the MMA community. Looking at his last eight bouts, Alvey was finished four times, with an even split of submissions and knockouts. On the flip side, Alvey has been on the wrong side of a split decision twice with a third being ruled a split draw.

Had those close split decision results gone ‘Smilin’ Sam’s way, we would be looking at a fighter who is 3-2 in their last five rather than 0-7-1 in their last eight.

No announcement has been made regarding Alvey’s future with the UFC. While it’s hard to justify keeping a fighter on the payroll when they haven’t won in nearly four years, Alvey has been loyal to the UFC. With a reputation for being the guy who will fight anyone, anywhere, at any time, Dana White and company may choose to reward that loyalty.

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