American mixed martial artist Sam Alvey is a renowned light heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight division fighter who has garnered a lot of good records over the course of his fighting career. Known for his swift moves in the ring, Alvey never gives up on his opponent and fights with so much tenacity and drive. The fighter has tested the waters in almost all platforms under the Ultimate Fighting Championship and has made a name for himself in all. Alvey who made his professional debut in 2008 has won over 30 bouts out of 44 fights so far. Samuel’s story is quite an inspiring one that should be heard by any aspiring martial artist. Here are lesser-known facts about him.
Sam Alvey’s Biography
He was born Samuel Alvey on May 6, 1986, in Waterford Wisconsin. Albey started at a very young age to show unique fighting skills and of course, his interest in sports. He was known to be a good wrestler in Waterford Union High School where he attended. Also inclined to music, Sam would play the trumpet in his school’s marching band and be really good at it. His trumpeting skills made him very popular while in Lakeland College where he also attended. However, Alvey’s passion for wrestling and combat sports outweighed that of music; he soon ventured into mixed martial arts.
Sam sought to take a step into mixed martial arts and had his first amateur bout in 2007. After losing the game via TKO, he won the subsequent two that followed. The following year, he started his professional career. Alvey recorded many wins in his early professional days including bouts under the King of the Cage promotion. His next win was at Light Heavyweight bout against Jason Guida, a Bellator MMA fighter. After an impressive win, he was signed under Bellator and made his debut at Middleweight against Karl Amoussou. The renowned fighter won his fight against Amoussou and was billed to face Vitor Vianna in Bellator Season Five Middleweight Tournament.
Alvey’s next stint was at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson where he fought at welterweight before moving to Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC). He faced off with Elvis Mutapic for the MFC Middleweight Championship and lost before he won Jason South and Wes Swofford. UFC was the next stop for the skilled fighter.
He moved to the UFC in 2014 and made his debut in August that year, against Tom Watson. Alvey lost to his opponent at his debut UFC Fight Night 47 but won his second bout against Dylan Andrews at UFC Fight Night 55. The renowned fighter to date wins more than he loses and is known for his strong stamina.
Family – Wife, Kids
Sam Alvey may seem caught up in his daunting and tasking career but the fighter makes out time for his family and love life. The UFC fighter is married to McKey Sullivan. Alvey’s wife is an American fashion model who won the eleventh cycle of the notable modeling reality show, America’s Next Top Model. Sullivan competed against thirteen contestants in the show produced by Tyra Banks and won the competition, having stood out all through the show.
Sam and McKey met each other in 2005 at the Bristol Renaissance Faire where the UFC fighter was working at the time. A platonic friendship soon metamorphosed into a romantic experience and the two became an item. Sam decided to take things to the next level when he proposed to Sullivan in August 2011. The couple finally tied the knot two years later in January 2013 in an awe-inspiring wedding ceremony with family and friends present.
The couple has two children together; a daughter, Reagan Quincy, born in 2013, and a son, Ival, born in 2014. Sam often attributes his wins to his wife’s unwavering love and support which he says has been his motivation over the years.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
For a tasking career like his, Sam Alvey has got the right body. He stands at a tall height of 6ft 2in (1.88m) which is quite proportional to his weight of 93 kg (206 lbs). Alvey’s reach is measured at 76in (193 cm). This greatly adds to his sturdy stamina which aids his tenacity in the ring.
Other Facts You Need To Know
Sam Alvey is nicknamed Smile’n, a name he earned for being an unapologetic smiler.
For those not in the know, Alvey’s wife McKey is always in the corner of every one of his fights. She tags along in meetings, helps with the strategizing, knows about his opponents, calls his fights, and does a whole lot more. From all indications, McKey seems to be doing more than a coach’s work for her loving husband.
Before Alvey began his career in mixed martial arts, he competed in Pankration sports.