Sam Alvey got by Rashad Evans last night at UFC Fight Night 114, and now the middleweight’s targeting another of the promotion’s more accomplished fighters.
Alvey was able to stuff the majority of Evans’ takedown attempts on Saturday night, and threatened the former 205 champ with counter strikes. Evans managed to land some hard shots of his own, but after 15 minutes, “Smile’n” was awarded the split decision win.
With the victory, Alvey’s gone 4-1 in his last 5 contests now, and the only man to defeat him during that time is Thales Leites. Following the event, Alvey ushered this challenge, while discussing his next bout (quote via MMA Junkie):
“It started with Rashad,” Alvey said. “Vitor (Belfort), you’re next. I don’t care where or when. You just tell me where, and I’ll sign the dotted line tomorrow.”
Belfort hasn’t been booked yet for his next bout, since he worked his way to a decision win over Nate Marquardt in June. Recently he called for a rematch with Kelvin Gastelum, but the chances of that happening are slim. After Gastelum was submitted by Chris Weidman recently, the former TUF winner said he’s returning to welterweight.
Last night’s loss was Evans’ fourth in a row, and as a result, it will likely prompt speculation about the 37 year-old fighter’s future in fighting. Alvey, however, had this to say about “Suga”:
“I would be devastated if I retired Rashad Evans,” Alvey said. “I want to see him fight. I’m a huge fan of him. I know this fight was a little bit of two counter-strikers trying to counter-strike, but I love watching him move and groove.”
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Evans. He certainly wasn’t outgunned last night, and it was very close fight, but, Evans did appear to be hesitant at various junctures of the bout. Leading up to the event, Evans reported that he was in a good place mentally, so it would be kind of surprising if he hung up the gloves.