Nearly five years since his last victory, Sam Alvey finally got his hand raised again last night in a heavyweight bout against Cameron Graham at B2 Fighting Series 183 in Columbus, Georgia.
The 37-year-old Alvey had left the UFC last year after going nine fights without a win – a new record for the promotion. Along the way he suffered losses to the likes of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Jimmy Crute, Ryan Spann, Brendan Allen and most recently Michał Oleksiejczuk before the promotion finally opted to part ways with him.
Alvey faced a far less daunting opponent on Saturday night when he went up against ‘The Big Mac’ Graham, who only held a 5-10 record heading into the bout, with 8 of his 10 defeats coming inside the distance.
Competing at heavyweight for the first time, Alvey left it late to find a finish, managing to take Graham’s back and flatten him out before landing ground-and-pound to secure a TKO stoppage at 4.17mins of the third round.
The win will no doubt be a big weight of the shoulders of ‘Smilin’ Sam, who before his long losing streak had picked up notable wins over the likes of Rashad Evans and Nate Marquardt during his lengthy run in the UFC.
Sam Alvey wins his first fight since 2018 via TKO at B2 Fighting Series 183 pic.twitter.com/0Lb6iIpHQD
— Alex Behunin (@AlexBehunin) May 28, 2023