Sam Alvey talks Gian Villante matchup, Competing at 205lbs & Wants Shogun Rua Next


Sam Alvey returns to the Octagon next month at UFC Fight Night Utica and his opponent on that night is going to be Gian Villante.

The fighter made his light heavyweight division debut at UFC On Fox 28 and things couldn’t have gone better in the end.

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“Honestly I felt as good as I do when I fight at (1)85, the weight cut was easier and that was kind of the big thing for me. (Training) camp was a little bit more exciting to because I didn’t have to diet as much, I didn’t get any bigger. Actually, when I fought in Poland, I walked into the Octagon heavier than when I fought at 205. I’ll anticipate that I’ll be at the same size this time, but the weight cut is a lot easier,” says Alvey in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.

Alvey had previously competed as a middleweight in the UFC, earning a record of 8-5-0 in that time.

One thing Alvey plans on doing is staying unbeaten at light heavyweight, although the fighter does have a plan set in stone yet for how to make that happen on June 1.

“I’ve got a running joke with myself, which is every time somebody asks me (about how he plans on winning the fight) and I say that I’m gonna submit him in the third. I say that for every fight…always, I don’t know whats gonna happen…but I know I’m gonna get my hand raised,” says Alvey.

UFC Fight Night Utica takes place on Friday, June 1 from the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York with Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.

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