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Saturday, Sep 29, 2012

TUF 16: Joey Rivera Decisions Sam Alvey: “I Felt Fantastic After This Win”

Joey Rivera kicking Sam Alvey (photo via Josh Hedges / ZUFFA LLC)

By FCF Staff

Joey Rivera worked his way to a majority decision win over Sam Alvey in the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter”, and as a result, both Team Nelson and Team Carwin have a win a piece.

The current TUF teams are being coached by UFC heavyweights Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin.

“I felt fantastic after this win,” Rivera was quoted saying in a press release from the promotion. “My dreams were finally becoming a reality! The fight was very nerve-racking because he was the number one guy, the first one to get picked. He was also the biggest guy in the house. I felt a lot of tension. It was the hardest fight of my life to that point because I didn’t know much about him and that definitely played a part in how I fought and felt.”

“Losing the fight was absolutely crippling,” noted Alvery. “I was sadder after that loss then I have ever been before. Joey was one of the nicest guy’s in the house and if I had to lose to someone, I’m glad at least it was to him. But the force is strong in me, and I will bounce back 100 per cent better than I ever was.”

The 16th season of TUF features competitors from the welterweight division.

Results after episode three:

Team Carwin (1-1)
Sam Alvey (0-1, lost to Joey Rivera by decision in episode 3)
Bristol Marunde
Mike Ricci
Neil Magny (1-0, defeated Cameron Diffley by decision in episode 2)
James Chaney
Eddy Ellis
Igor Araujo
Matt Secor

Team Nelson (1-1)
Dom Waters
Michael Hill
Cameron Diffley (0-1, lost to Neil Magny by decision in episode 2)
Colton Smith
Jon Manley
Nic Herron-Webb
Joey Rivera (1-0, defeated Sam Alvey by decision in episode 3)
Julian Lane

posted by FCF Staff @ 9:14 am
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