UFC Middleweight Division in Disarray as Sam Alvey Announces Hiatus

You can’t fire him, he quits for a little.

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The mixed martial arts world was shaken to its core today by the surprise announcement of middleweight star Sam Alvey’s hiatus from the UFC. The news came following his second round submission loss to Brendan Allen, who took the fight on five day’s notice, dropping Alvey’s record to 0-7-1 over his last eight.

“I know this news is going to come as a shock to many,” Alvey said in a post on his Instagram. “From the outside it likely looks as if everything has been going great for me and my career. Unfortunately, while I know there is nothing more that the UCF and its fans want right now than to see more Sam Alvey in the Octagon, I think it’s time for me to take a short break and sort some things out.”

The loss of Alvey for the time being is likely to trigger a seismic shake-up in the title picture of both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. Although Alvey could not say for certain when he would return from his hiatus, he said current plans call for his next UFC booking to come in the spring.

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