UFC Fight Night 55: Alvey KO’s Andrews
Nov. 7, 2014, Sydney, Australia- American “Smile’n” Sam Alvey earned a first round KO over the Australian Dylan Andrews. The crowd’s decibel level changed drastically after the Wisconsin native quickly turned the fight around. The victory on UFC Fight Pass brought Alvey’s record to 1-1 inside the UFC.
The Team Quest fighter, Alvey, used a skill from his wrestling history that prevents lifts by an opponent, which transitioned into full mount. After giving up a takedown, Alvey was defending from the bottom as Andrews transitioned from side control to full mount.
Alvey reached his feet only to find Andrews still on his back. A switch attempt found the American on the canvas again with his opponent Andrews still on his back. In a second attempt, he reached his feet again when Andrews went for a lift from behind trying to return Alvey to the mat.
“Smile’n” Sam Alvey used a simple, but very effective wrestling technique from his division III wrestling career. While being lifted by Andrews, Alvey laced his leg preventing the lift to occur and landed on Andrews head. Once he felt the grip of Andrews loosen up, he reversed him gaining full mount.
The former TUF 16 contestant delivered several heavy punches that forced the referee to jump in between. Alvey earned a KO victory in the first round at 2:16. Alvey lives up to his nickname as he exits the octagon “Smile’n” ear to ear.
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Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).