A newcomer will face a fighter with his back to the wall, as the UFC tries to make its presence felt in Maine this summer.
Sam Alvey, who previously competed on The Ultimate Fighter 16 realty show, will take on Tom “Kong” Watson at UFC Fight Night 47 in August, according to MMAFighting.
Alvey was coach Shane Carwin’s first pick on the program, before being eliminated after a majority decision loss.
Alvey is a natural middleweight, but competed on the show as a welterweight. He enters the UFC on a four fight winning streak, including two fights just last month. Alvey also won the MFC championship last year.
Watson may be facing the unemployment line after suffering back-to-back losses to Nick Catone and Thales Leites. So far, Watson’s only victory in four fights in the UFC was a KO victory over Stanislav Nedkov just last year.
As of now, Alvey vs. Watson, along with Shawn Jordan vs. Jack May, and Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares, are the only fights set for the UFC’s show in Maine.
The UFC will, however, be running opposite of Bellator that night, as the company promotes a very rare Friday night show. The Bellator show will actually be just ten minutes away, prompting many to suspect the UFC intentionally ran their show at that place and time in an effort to collapse attendance for Bellator’s show. Dana White has disputed this claim, as well as disputing Bellator’s reported pay-per-view numbers.
UFC Fight Night 47 takes place at the Cross Insurance Center from Bangor, Maine on August 16.