Sam Alvey Out of Mauricio Rua Fight at UFC Sao Paulo

By: Cole Shelton
Oct 25, 2019

Mauricio Rua is without an opponent for UFC Fight Night 164 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, next month.

"Shogun" (26-11) was originally set to take on Sam Alvey (33-13, 1 NC), but Alvey had to pull out of the fight for currently undisclosed reasons. Combate was first to report the news of the American's withdrawal late on Thursday. Subsequent reports have claimed that the Brazilian is hoping he will get a new opponent and stay on the card.

Rua has not competed since December 2018 when he knocked out Tyson Pedro to return to the win column. Prior to that performance, he suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Anthony Smith. The former light heavyweight king is 10-9 inside the Octagon, and he is currently ranked #13 in the official UFC rankings at 205 pounds.

Alvey is on a three-fight losing streak, and in that stretch he dropped two knockouts to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Jim Crute, while losing a decision to Klidson Abreu in July. His last win came back in June 2018, where he captured a split decision over Gian Villante. Alvey was looking to fight for the third time in 2019. He has appeared at least three times every year since 2009.

UFC Fight Night 164 will go down on Nov. 16, where the card will be headlined a light heavyweight bout between Jan Blachowicz and Ronaldo Souza.

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