Is it even possible for Sam Alvey to have a bigger smile than he sports in the ring on fight night? The state of California is testing that out after honoring Alvey with an award earlier this week.
Nearly two months after his victory at MFC 38 over Jason South, California has officially recognized him as the Maximum Fighting Championship middleweight champion.
Alvey says, “the assemblywoman saw on the news that I had won the title in my last fight and decided to officially recognize it.”
He received a package Thursday morning while he was training at Team Quest. Alvey understands what an honor it is to receive anytime of award from the state. For a fighter, however, it is even bigger just based on how the sport can be viewed by those in politics.
“It does get a bum rap sometimes,” Alvey says. “But the more people that see it, the more people that recognize it, the better it gets.”
Alvey doesn’t just view this as an individual award. He knows that without the help of the MFC that this would not be possible.
“The MFC has been fantastic. It’s one of the biggest organizations in the world. They keep me busy with fights, they keep me busy with interviews and I couldn’t be happier.”
He also knows that without the support of his family that this award would not have come either. Alvey met his wife prior to his MMA career and she has been beside him ever since. She wraps his hands prior to fights and even corners him during the fights. McKey Sullivan can be seen during every MFC event on AXS TV, but there was a new member of the family with him after his title fight, his newborn duaghter. This gives Alvey some high standards, but he isn’t worried.
“Yes, I have high expectations, but I’m not worried. I train with one of the best camps in the world and I’ll live up to them, but my daughter won’t be a fighter.”