Sam Alvey’s crushing one-punch knockout of Marcin Prachnio ended a stoppage drought for the Waterford, Wisconsin, native. Seemingly fed up of decisions, he took matters into his own hands… literally.
After the win, he called out fellow knockout artist Gian Villante, and just like that, they will be trading fists on the main card of UFC Fight Night 131. Let these numbers give you a closer look at the power and presence of “Smil’n” Sam.
8: Fights in two years. Alvey fought four times each year in 2016 and 2017, compiling a record of five wins and three losses. He hopes to be as active this year as he steps inside the cage for the second time in 2018.
10: Years in the business. 2018 marks his 10th year as a professional mixed martial artist. His first bout happened at King of the Cage: Rock Solid, where he won in the 2nd round via submission over Shane Malchiodi.
11: Wins against one loss. That’s how Alvey started his career. During this stretch, he competed in the regional circuit, flashing his talent in events like Racine Fight Night, First Strike, Wisconsin Cage Fighting, and Madtown Throwdown.
3: Consecutive victories, and Bellator MMA took notice. The winning streak was capped by a split decision victory over Bellator veteran Jason Guida. In his first fight in the promotion, he defeated Karl Amoussou, also by split decision.
47: Seconds was all he needed to knock out Leo Kuntz on “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson.” With the win, he was able to display his punching power, which is still being felt in the UFC today. In his second match, he lost to Joey Rivera.
14: First round finishes. Twelve of them came by knockout and two by submission.
32: Years of age. Extremely active over the last couple of years, Alvey may just be reaching his peak as a mixed martial artist.
2: Fights at light heavyweight so far (including his upcoming bout) since staying at middleweight for several years. He last fought at middleweight in 2010 against Jason Guida.
1: Back-to-back loss stretch in his career. He was knocked out by Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 73 before bowing down to Elias Theodorou at UFC Fight Night 89.
1: Clean punch, and Prachnio was done. Alvey had floored him down about 10 seconds in the first round, but the Polish newcomer was able to recover. Then at the 4:23 mark, Alvey made sure his opponent wasn’t getting back up conscious.
10: Losses in his professional career. Eight of those setbacks came by decision. Only Derek Brunson and Gerald Meerschaert were able to knock him out.
32: Wins overall. His long list of victims includes Nate Marquardt, Dylan Andrews and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.