After his victory at UFC Fight Night 98, “Smile’n” Sam Alvey did not have the opportunity to deliver another memorable post-fight speech, something that has become as anticipated as seeing him smile on the way to the cage before his fights.
His fight concluded just a minute before the top of the hour, and due to broadcast time restraints, there was no time for a speech before the broadcast on FS1 began. Alvey defeated his opponent Alex Nicholson by way of a split judges’ decision in the feature slot of the Fight Pass Prelims.
On the latest episode of the MMA Latest Pound 4 Pound podcast, hosted by Jordan Killion and Alvey himself, Sam took advantage of his own podcasting platform (jump to the 4-minute mark) to deliver the message for fans that missed out:
“Viva Mexico! Thank you all for coming out! Thank you, thank you! I couldn’t do this without you guys. Y’all came out, y’all put your hands together, you cheered for me, you cheered for my team! Thank you, my team, by the way. McKey, you’re wonderful as always. Gustavo, you’re amazing! All my friends and family back home, Team Quest, oh my god, thank you so much! Thank you, Reebok as well! Uhh, I know you’ve taken some heat, but I love ya, I do. You’ve been with me for so many fights now, I love ya! UFC, I couldn’t do this without you either! You are fantastic, you put on great fights,you give me great opponents!
NOW ON TO THE IMPORTANT STUFF! – Who I want to fight next. I’m glad you asked Mr. Anik! Uh, even though I haven’t given you the chance to talk just yet, you’ll get there I promise! But anyways, I’ve got two names and they happen to fight on the same day! My first choice, if you win your upcoming fight, I want to fight you – I still want to get over to London, I still want to get over there and I hear there’s a London card happening in January – and Magnus Cedenblad, I want you! You are pick number one. Win your fight in two weeks and your prize is to get 15 minutes in the cage with this guy! Lose your fight, and we might have to move on to my second choice, who’s another stud from overseas, Krzysztof Jotko! You are an amazing fighter, my friend. You have a hell of a fight coming up and if you win that fight, I want to fight you too! You two are amazing. Step in that cage with me and let’s win some money together because I promise you that is exactly the fight that’s going to happen!
So, again…THANK YOU MEXICO! I can’t wait to get back. I’m gonna go backstage, eat a taco right now. That is about, ya know, all the Spanish I know. I got ‘si’ down and ‘taco’, and I’m gonna go eat a taco! Thank you all so much!”
With another win and another signature post-fight speech, Alvey improves to 29-8 as a professional fighter as well as a three-fight win streak.
Looking ahead at potential opponents as stated above, Alvey would like to share the cage with either Magnus Cedenblad or Krzysztof Jotko in his next outing. Both fighters will be competing on the same night, in two different locations on November 19, when UFC hosts two events on the same day. Cedenblad will be taking on Jack Marshman at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Jotko takes on Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The similarities between the two men continue as they are both currently riding four-fight win streaks, coincidentally, the last loss of Jotko’s came by way of Cedenblad at UFC Fight Night 41 ins 2014.
Alvey, who has competed four times in 2016, would like to have his next bout in January, as mentioned later in the podcast. Stay tuned to MMA Latest for the announcement of Sam’s next fight, which potentially hinges on the results of UFC Fight Night 99 and 100 in two weeks.
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
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