Middleweights Sam Alvi and Michal Olekseychuk had a preliminary card fight Saturday at UFC Vegas 59 that was highly anticipated for all the wrong reasons .
Apologies to Smile’n Sam himself, it’s almost impossible to imagine Sam Alvey staying in the UFC with a 0-7-1 record over the past eight fights, and many fighters after losing just two or three fights Just got shown the door. However, that’s the benefit of being a company guy, always standing up on short notice, willing to come forward to trade and entertain fans.
So Alvey was allowed to fight his contract on Saturday, much to the chagrin of some of the internet’s more vocal critics. Meanwhile, Oleksiejczuk made his middleweight debut in the promotion.
Oleksiejczuk overswinged and missed in the opening seconds, but caught up to Alvey and made a couple of connections. Alvi is being caught along the fence, eating the hook. Then left Alvey down and Oleksiejczuk up! Somehow, Alvi survived and used the fence to walk past Oleksiychuk, but was unable to turn the corner.
Instead, Alvi covered up, ate more footage, turned around and stood up again. Alvi, covered in blood, was shot and stuffed. Oleksiejczuk then tagged Alvey again, dropping him! That was a summary, and the referee waved. Another loss for Alvey, who is likely to leave the UFC. As for Oleksiejczuk, a successful 185-pound debut Saturday night.
Official result: Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Sam Alvey by TKO, 1st round, 1:56