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On his best days, Sam Alvey is the guy who waits an entire round to throw a punch, and when he finally does throw it, it knocks his opponent out. On his worst days, he waits to throw that punch but the opportunity never comes. Sadly, at UFC Fight Night 118, it was one of Alvey’s worst days.

In his defense, he took a short-notice fight against Ramazan Emeev, who was making his Octagon debut but was a longtime staple in the Russian M-1 Challenge shows – and apparently, Emeev knew how to remain calm under fire.

From the outset, it was clear Emeev was taking no chances. By pressing Alvey against the fence and smothering him with clinchwork, there were few openings for the American to sneak a punch in. And when space was made, Emeev was quick to get off his rights and lefts before Alvey could even pull his arm back and throw one himself. Neither man could manage a takedown, but when it came to points, it was clear Emeev was edging ahead.

Three rounds of this had the crowd booing and the refereeing imploring them for action. but so it goes. So it goes.


Results: Ramazan Emeev def. Sam Alvey via Unanimous Decision