(Keith Mills/Sherdog)Why So Happy? Meet “Smile’N” Sam Alvey Jeremiah York May 17, 2015 News, Spotlight In a sport filled with angry, testosterone filled beasts, we find “Smile’N” Sam Alvey. This happy-go-lucky fighter is making a huge splash in the UFC’s middleweight division. So, let’s look at his MMA career thus far and try to understand what makes Sam Alvey Smile. Born in 1986, in Waterford, Wis., Alvey wrestled and played football in high school. Alvey also was a trumpet player in the school’s marching band. After high school, Alvey attended Lakeland College where he was a semi-professional trumpet player. Alvey’s combat sports started with Pankration and eventually shifted to MMA, with his first amateur bout in 2007. His first fight did not go as planned and Alvey was TKO’d in the second round. Alvey did win his next two amateur bouts and turned pro in 2008. After running an 11-1 record with all the fights being in his home state with several of the fights in The King Of The Cage Promotion, Alvey got a bump up in competition and would face Bellator veteran Jason Guida, after a win over Guida, Alvey was signed by Bellator where he would drop to middleweight. Where he would go 1-1 with the promotion. Alvey was then selected to take part on the Ultimate Fighter Carwin vs. Nelson where we would be Shane Carwin’s first pick, but would lose his first fight and that would be the last we would see of Alvey for a while. Alvey would have to regroup and fight in a few smaller promotions before working his way back to the UFC. After winning four of his next five fights, Alvey was called by the MFC to compete for the middleweight title against then champion Elvis Mutapcic. Alvey fought a good fight but it was not enough to take the belt, he lost via unanimous decision. Next on the plate for Alvey would be UFC & Bellator vet Jay Silva. Alvey would take home the win with a third round TKO. Once again, Alvey found himself fighting for the MFC middleweight title against the new champ Jason South which Alvey took home the nod this time and the belt. Alvey would defend his title one time before getting the call from the UFC for another shot. In June of 2014, Alvey would get his first fight in the UFC against Tom Watson at UFC Fight Night 47, where he would lose once again by unanimous decision. Next for Alvey would be Dylan Andrews at UFC Fight Night 55 in November of 14′. This time Alvey came out and showed his true potential by knocking out Andrews in the first round. Keeping up the momentum Alvey would knock out his next opponent Cezar Ferreira at Fight Night 61 also in the first round. Most recently Alvey faced Dan Kelly at Fight Night 65 in May where we would see Alvey once again KO his opponent in the first round in a showing of true power and accuracy. After the fight, Sam was asked who he would like to face next. Alvey said, “I do not want to call out any of my enemies or people I don’t like. I do not want to help my enemies make money, I want to help the people I like make money”. He then called out MMA fighter/model Elias Theodorou putting a bet on the table that would have the loser shaving their head. Since Theodorou is a model and his hair is a big part of that, this could out to be a fun and interesting fight if he decides to indulge Alvey. Only time will tell if Alvey can keep up the momentum and work his way up the ranks in the already talent rich middleweight division. The one thing you can never take away from Alvey is his infectious smile, that I am sure drives his opponents crazy, but we will see if he can keep “Smile’N” or if his next foe will knock it off of his face. Having Alvey in the MMA game is great for the sport since there are so few and far between fighters that are just happy to be there. Alvey is in the same league as John Dodson and Paige VanZant when it comes to showing that they are truly appreciative for the opportunity they have been given and happy for every second they spend in the cage. Keep an eye on Alvey as he progresses closer and closer to a middleweight title shot.