Sam Alvey Steps In For Trevor Smith, Squares Off With Ramazan Emeev at UFC Fight Night 118
By: Jordan Breen Oct 11, 2017
UFC Fight Night 118 has been beset by injuries and pullouts,
but thankfully for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, they have
roster fighters like Sam Alvey.
On Wednesday, the UFC announced that middleweight Trevor
Smith had pulled out of his slated bout with Ramazan
Emeev for undisclosed reasons and would be replaced by “Smile’n
Sam” on the bill.
UFC Fight Night 118 is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the Ergo Arena
in Gdansk, Poland.
Emeev, 30, rose to prominence in M-1 Challenge via his gruelling
two-fight series with Vyacheslav
Vasilevsky. Emeev lost his M-1 Challenge middleweight crown in
September 2014 when he was punched out in the fourth round by
Vasilevsky, but avenged the defeat and recaptured his crown in
April 2015, choking the Bellator MMA veteran out just 98 seconds.
Since the Vasilevsky defeat, the Azerbaijan native has gone 4-0,
including stoppage wins over UFC veterans Luigi
Fioravanti and Maiquel
Falcao. Most recently, Emeev earned a three-round majority
decision over Anatoly
Tokov last December.
The 31-year-old Alvey is one of the UFC’s most active roster
fighters, middleweight or otherwise. The Team Quest Temecula rep
has gone 5-2 in the last 16 months alone, a span that includes wins
Marquardt and most recently, former UFC light heavyweight
Evans in August.
UFC Fight Night 118 is headlined by a welterweight clash between
Cerrone and Darren Till.
The promotion’s second-ever card in Polska, the event airs live in
its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.