“Smilin’” Sam Alvey, on the brink of his second bout under the Maximum Fighting Championship banner, is preparing for a new arrival, one which is sure to add a few inches to his grin. Alvey and his wife, former America’s Top Model winner McKey Sullivan, are expecting their first child.

“I’ve got a baby on the way,” said Alvey in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “June 6 is the due date, and we’ve been planning it for a while and we’re just about set up. So that’s my big achievement outside of the ring. I’ve got a little baby ‘Smilin’ Sam’ coming.”

Alvey and Sullivan were married at the beginning of the year, have not even had time for a honeymoon yet, and will have a brand new little pal less than a month after his next fight, which is set to take place this weekend at MFC 37.

In his last fight, Alvey stepped into the cage at MFC 36 to face Elvis Mutapcic for the promotion’s middleweight strap. After a hard-fought five-round marathon, Alvey lost the fight by unanimous decision, picking up a couple rounds along the way but not enough to earn the nod of the judges. The Wisconsin native takes full responsibility for the outcome.

Alvey (Jacob Bos/Sherdog)

“The biggest thing I learned from that fight is that I’ve got to listen to my corner a little better,” Alvey admitted. “I could hear what they were saying, but I just wasn’t doing what they were telling me. I don’t know, maybe I got a little full of myself or something. My wife, my corner, she kept telling me to follow my jabs up, and I just refused to do it. She was even telling me to take him down at the end of the rounds, and I refused to do it. So that was the thing. She and I have been working on it and I don’t think it will be an issue again.”

Well, it was not too long before Alvey had to start employing his new lessons for his next challenge. After his battle at MFC 36 just three months ago, Alvey had to get right back in the gym. It was a short while after that when he received the call from MFC for the next card.

“I found out pretty quickly,” Alvey said. “I had a feeling after the last fight that I would be on this card. I love fighting, and I want to stay as busy as I possibly can. I was originally supposed to fight Chase Degenhardt, but it got changed about two weeks ago to Jay Silva.”

That’s right, the injury bug is prone to all of MMA, not just the UFC cards. It was reported by the promotion on April 25 that Degenhardt would be out after sustaining an injury in training. He was replaced by Silva, who trains out of MPF Training Systems in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Jay “Da Spyda Killa” Silva, who was born in Angola, is a Brazilian national and was raised on the East Coast of the United States. He is sitting at 8-7 in his five-year pro career. But his record can be deceiving. Silva has fought in UFC and Bellator action, as well as under the Tachi Palace Fights banner, and most of his losses were to world-class UFC fighters, some on short notice.

Silva began his training in New York, earning a purple belt in BJJ under Renzo Gracie, before moving to California. In the Golden State, specifically Orange County, between MPF and the RVCA gym, he’s been sparring with guys like Michael Bisping and Cheick Kongo. So in addition to his previous BJJ experience, he’s been training with some of the sport’s best strikers. For a pro like Alvey, Silva’s resume may be great, but “Smilin’” Sam is confident in his own right.

“I know he’s not as tall as Chase Degenhardt,” said Alvey. “I know he’s got a few knockouts, he’s got a few submissions, and he’s a pretty well-rounded fighter. Actually, one of my old coaches is coaching him still, so that’ll be fun to see him in the other corner.

“I think it’s going to be a great match-up. Jay is very athletic, so every fight he’s in is always entertaining. I’m glad to be part of it. Of course, I’m going to come out with a win, but it’s going to be fun getting there.”

Having fun is Alvey’s modus operandi, but that’s easy considering who his coaches and training partners are. Alvey trains at Team Quest in Temecula, Calif., with the likes of Dan Henderson, Tarec Saffiedine and Jesse Taylor, as well as coaches Ricardo “Pantcho” Feliciano and Daniel Woirin. Fighting out of one of the oldest and most famous camps in MMA, Alvey will show up ready to go to war.

Even though Alvey has 11 knockouts in 19 wins, he’s certainly versed in all aspects of the game and ready for whatever Silva brings to the ring.

“He’s pretty good everywhere,” explained Alvey. “He’s got a bunch of knockouts. He submitted Kendall Grove, which is saying something. I suspect he’ll stand with me, but I’m prepared for anything.

“I spend a lot of my training camps working my jiu-jitsu, and, with Team Quest, working on my wrestling. I’ll be comfortable anywhere.”

Alvey (R) delivers a right hand (Jacob Bos/Sherdog)

Being such a well-rounded fighter bodes well for Alvey. It keeps his head clear going into his fights, so he can stay focused on the one and only task at hand, winning.

“In my head, you know, I always go with the flow,” explained Alvey. “The one thing that stays the same through every fight is that I see my hand being raised at the end of the fight. So that’s my prediction: my hand held high at the end of the fight.”

With his level of experience and his tremendous camp, Alvey should not have a difficult time getting his hand raised this Friday night. After that, he still has a honeymoon on hold and a baby on the way, but he remains focused on his fighting career and will not let that slip through the cracks.

“I’m just taking it a fight at a time,” stated Alvey. “After this fight, I’d love to be on the next MFC card, just keep me fighting. I love the organization. They put on amazing cards, and I love being a part of them. The Canadian audience up there has been a huge supporter of mixed martial arts, as well. Maybe we can get the Chase Degenhardt fight to come true again.”

Maybe he will hear from MFC right away, again, but until then, he and McKee will be anxiously awaiting their newborn, whose gender has yet to be revealed.

“We’re waiting to find out,” Alvey intimated. “There are only so many surprises you get in life, and we’re going to make this one count.”

One thing that’s not a surprise is the fact that this weekend, Alvey will come out ripped and ready to put on a show. Even in the face of defeat, his drive and his smile will never subside.

“I want the fans to know that when I fight, I fight to please them. I fight to win, but if it’s a boring fight and I win, it’s not a good win. Every fight I have, I want the fans to want to see me back.”

Sam would like to thank: Down2Scrap, “They’ve been getting me all sorts of publicity and really working with me. We’re going to help build a brand together”; Team Quest, “The greatest team in the world”; and his head cornerwoman, McKey Sullivan, “My wife and baby mama. She’s always been there for me, and I couldn’t have had the career I’ve had without her.”

Top Photo: Sam Alvey (Jacob Bos/Sherdog)