Sam Alvey knows how to make the most of his time -- both inside the Octagon and during post-fight interviews.
“Smile’N’ Sam earned his third consecutive first-round knockout win at UFC Fight Night "Hunt vs. Miocic" on Saturday night in Adelaide, Australia, as he put away Olympic judoka Daniel Kelly -- an opponent he specifically requested a little less than three months prior – in just 49 seconds. A right hook to the temple put Kelly on the canvas and when the Australian scrambled to his feet, Alvey responded by dropping him again with another right hand. Referee Steve Perceval intervened before the ex-Maximum Fighting Championship titlist could land any follow-up blows.
“Daniel Kelly is a four-time Olympic hero for this country. I have never once fought an Olympian; it was my true honor. I talked to him backstage last time I was in Sydney,” Alvey said. “He seemed like a champion-type; that’s what I want to fight.
“We saw an opening. We thought maybe it’d be there, so we trained a lot of it. I worked a lot of boxing on this one. His judo is better than mine, so I was really blessed to land something before he could throw me on my head.”
After the emphatic finish, Alvey put his microphone time to good use. With a little reminder from his wife, Alvey proceeded to call out “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” winner Elias Theodorou.
“The guy I want to call out – I’ve actually been trying to remember his name because we just picked him last night – [is] Elias Theodorou. I’m coming for you buddy. I want you; I’m gonna knock you out.
“He was bragging about having the best hair in MMA. I tell you what: If I lose I’ll shave my head,” Alvey continued. “When you lose I want you shaving your head because I’m coming for your hair.”
Theodorou did not take long to respond to Alvey’s challenge via social media:
First off Sam, no touching of the hair or face #Zoolander2 2nd, whatever day we trade fists, shall forever be known as "kick a ginger day."— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) May 10, 2015
I'm know for my hair & Sam his smile... Smiley would need to remove his top & bottom teeth when I win. Just say, bud. #UFCAdelaide— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) May 10, 2015
The 26-year-old Theodorou has won his first three Octagon appearances and is 11-0 as a professional overall. He last appeared at UFC 185, where he earned a second-round TKO victory over Roger Narvaez.