Sam Alvey’s time in the UFC may be over, but that doesn’t mean the 36-year-old is hanging up the gloves for good.
Following his loss at UFC Vegas 59 and subsequent exit from the UFC, Alvey appeared on Wednesday’s episode of MMA hour to take stock of his career and future plans. Speaking through a broken jaw, Alvey has made it clear he intends to continue competing for the foreseeable future – and there is one opponent in particular that piques his interest.
“Every MMA fighter wants it, but now it kinda makes sense – it’s Jake Paul’s fight,” Alvey said Wednesday on MMA hour. “Everybody wants to do it. I like to joke that I haven’t won in a while, he’s the kind of guy he likes to fight, so that makes sense. I’m the same height as him, which will be a little different for him – he tends to like fighting people who are shorter than him, so he’ll have to make a little exception for that. But I’m the first guy he would have fought that’s a knockout guy. I’m a guy who’s always been a striker and I would be the first non-wrestler. I’m not quite a boxer. I have never boxed. I did kickboxing, professional 7-1 kickboxing, but I never boxed. But I am attacking. So maybe that’s how he sees himself fighting next. I think that makes sense. There is a chance.
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Alvey (33-18-1, 1 NC) suffered a first-round TKO loss to Michal Oleksiejczuk last Saturday in what ultimately served as his final appearance of a 24-fight UFC run. The setback pushed Alvey’s current winless streak to 10 fights in a row and gave him the unfortunate distinction of possessing the longest winless streak in UFC history – a record he took at the Temple of UFC fame and former two-division champion BJ Penn, who had a similar nine. -fight run.
But still the perennial optimist, Alvey looked back fondly on his time in the promotion. He pointed to his own personal history with the Paul brothers as a motivator for wanting to be the last ex-UFC fighter to try his luck against Paul in the boxing ring.
“A funny story – before their first fight they invited me to come and help them train, so I helped train with Logan Paul,” Alvey said. “It was five years ago, six years ago, something like that. I ended up meeting their boxing trainer, lining up for an MMA junkie award or something. And his boxing trainer and I, we shared messages and they had me come over to help them train for a day, so I got to train with Logan Paul. And it was great fun. Logan seemed like a good guy. I wasn’t crazy about Jake.
“He was an asshole. He was. I smile Sam, I’m not supposed to say that – he was, he was an asshole. Logan seemed OK. Logan, I almost broke his jaw during the session. I was trying my best to wear him, to just be a sparring partner for him, throw some. And he kept getting hit. And at some point he kind of backed off, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” But I was supposed to spare his brother too, Jake. Jake wouldn’t do that anymore. I said, ‘Jake, I’m going to take it easy, I’m going to give you whatever job you want.’ But Jake wouldn’t spare me that day. Besides, I was never invited back.
Alvey isn’t the first MMA fighter to express a dislike for Jake Paul. And he went on to explain what exactly upset him about the popular YouTuber-turned-boxing star during their brief interactions.
“Some of the things he did with the girls that were on our Boxing Day, that was bad,” Alvey said. “It bothered me. It was nothing terrible. It was just, yeah, he was doing stuff that I was there for, and it’s like they were okay with it but not me. So that was kind of my big deal of the day. But his thing about fighter pay – and people hate me for it because I think fighter pay is pretty good and I defend it pretty well – he is going after fighters’ pay, but he’s not doing it because he believes in anything he’s doing it because it’s an easy win, it’s an easy way to get people on his side.
“If the UFC were to do what it wants them to do, as far as fighter compensation goes – everybody gets paid a million dollars or $10 million or whatever they say – he would just get most of the UFC roster fired If the UFC were to raise his salary to what Jake Paul wants them to do then the UFC couldn’t have the same business model as them Instead of having 800 fighters on the roster, they would whittle it down to 100. Those 100 would be paid very, very well, but they wouldn’t be advertised, they wouldn’t get as much stuff, and the rest of the roster would be fired, would be sent wherever they could find fights.
However, Alvey’s goals are not limited to the boxing ring.
The 14-year-old veteran said his ultimate dream has always been to be a professional wrestler. He grew up religiously watching WWE and said that – to this day – pro wrestling is the only side street that could get him retired on the spot.
It’s a dream he plans to pursue now that he’s out of contract with the UFC.
“I wasn’t allowed to do it because I was under contract,” Alvey said. “Because I can’t talk about other contracts. Now that I’m out of contract, well, I’ll let my jaw heal, and then I’ll start [working toward it]. But no, absolutely – as much as I would love to fight Jake Paul, I would much rather fight Logan Paul.
“Why not [do both]? I could do them the same night. I’m going to pin one – 1, 2, 3 – then I’m going to knock out the other.