MFC 38: Sam Alvey Plans to “Swing for the Fences”, Believes South is “Underestimating” his Ground Game
By Kelsey Mowatt
When Sam Alvey returns to Edmonton, Alberta this week the TUF and Bellator vet will take another run at securing the Maximum Fighting Championship’s middleweight title. After coming up short against former champion Elvis Mutapcic in February, Alvey remained at the top of the promotion’s ranks by stopping UFC vet Jay Silva in May. Since Mutapcic ended up signing with WSOF, the promotion has rewarded “Smilin” with an opportunity to claim the vacant title.
“They had mentioned it after the fight; I got a knockout of the night for that fight,” said Alvey, when asked if he knew a title shot might come after defeating Silva at MFC 37. “They mentioned that there were a couple of title fights on the horizon and I might be in one of them. But nothing was made official until about six weeks ago.”
For Alvey, who has put together an impressive record of 20-5, it’s another pivotal opportunity, which will also be broadcast live on AXS TV.
“The MFC is one of the biggest organizations in the world,” noted the 27 year-old fighter, who is 3-2 in his last 5 bouts. “It’s one of the true world titles. They bring in people from around the world to compete and entertain the fans up there. That legitimizes it as one of the best, biggest and most important titles out there.”
“So I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of it,” the Team Quest fighter added. “I’m going to go out there and give the fans a show they’ve never seen before.”
While Alvey has plenty of big stage experience under his belt, and has recorded several keys wins, he’s going to have get by the undefeated Jason South on October 4th.
“Once I found out who he was, 10-0, a million submissions, and all that, you’ve got be a little nervous,” Alvey said about the emerging middleweight. “This guy knows what he’s doing. Kind of wishing the MFC would have given me an easier fight. After we got to watch him a little bit we got really comfortable in my camp, and I couldn’t feel better right now.”
South has been brought in to fight for the belt, following a first round, submission win over Phil Dace at a Showdown Fights card in May. As Alvey alluded to, South has demonstrated a propensity to finish fights on the ground, as 9 of his 10 wins have come via tap-out.
“I’ve got a very extensive wrestling background,” said Alvey, while discussing South’s ground skills and whether he’s looking to keep the fight standing. “Even before I started fighting. Now that I’ve moved to Team Quest I compete with black belts on the ground. Wherever this fight goes I’m completely able and ready to defend myself and win in any position.”
“If it goes to the ground I feel sorry for him because I know he’s underestimating that part of my game-plan, but fans love knockouts, so if it’s there I’m going to swing for the fences too.”
MFC 38 will be hosted by the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton and will also feature Smeahlino Rama vs. Anthony Hamilton for the vacant heavyweight title, and Anthony Birchak vs. Tito Jones for the vacant bantamweight belt.