It hasn’t been a great past 12 months for our favorite spray tanned man Sam Alvey as he’s coming off a 1-2 run with all the fights being pretty boring stinkers. But it wasn’t always like that. When he arrived in the UFC he won his first five fights off first round finishes. Now with his move up to light heavyweight he’s tapped into the old ‘Smiling’ Sam, finishing Marcin Prachnio with, you guessed it, a first round KO.
Prachnio is a Polish karate fighter coming into the UFC with a 13-2 record, but his flashy style was no match for the meat and potatoes of Alvey, who caught the first spinning kick Prachnio threw and started bullying the European around. Coming into the final minute of the first round, Alvey caught the low handed Prachnio with a heavy right hook coming in, dropping him. After failing to lock in a front choke, he backed off and Prachnio bulled forward in anger … only to get another massive overhand right to the jaw, dropping him limp to the canvas.
Afterwards, Alvey was his smiling self as he tapped into the Florida crowd’s love, yelling “Your oranges are fantastic!” to a roaring audience. His wife and corner, America’s Next Top Model season 11 winner McKey Sullivan, watched on in pride behind him. Even though he was rocking a bit dadbod in his 205 pound debut, Alvey sounds like he plans to stay in the division and called out #14 ranked Gian Villante. If Alvey keeps fighting like he did tonight, that’d be a hell of a match.