“Smile’N Sam” will square off against Gian
Villante in a light heavyweight bout at
UFC Fight Night 130 in Utica, N.Y., on June 1. The promotion
revealed the pairing to
Newsday. After a first-round victory over Marcin
Prachnio at UFC on Fox 28, Alvey called for a bout against
Villante in his post-fight interview.
UFC Fight Night 128 takes place at Adirondack Bank Center and is
headlined by a bantamweight clash between Jimmie
Rivera and Marlon
Moraes and airs on Fox Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC
Prior to his win over Prachnio, Alvey spent his entire UFC tenure
at middleweight. The 31-year-old Waterford, Wisc., native elected
to move up a division following a unanimous decision loss to
Emeev at UFC Fight Night 118.
Villante, meanwhile, halted a two-bout skid with a split-decision
victory over Francimar
Barroso in his most recent outing at UFC 220. The Strikeforce
veteran is 6-6 in the UFC and 16-9 as a professional overall.