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Sam Alvey becomes the Karate Combat heavyweight champ



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Sam Alvey. Photo: Jasen Vinlove – USA TODAY Sports and via Instagram (@smilensam)

The 37-year-old UFC veteran Sam Alvey continues to find success outside the cage. At Friday night’s Karate Combat 43 he became the Karate Combat heavyweight champion after defeating Ross Levine.

“I mean, at the end of the day, I’m a fighter,” Alvey said before the fight. “I want to fight. I will fight anyone, anywhere, at any time. The whole reason I ended up with Karate Combat is because the fighters in BKFC are a bunch of sissies. The fighters in MMA in general are a bunch of sissies. It is not what it used to be.”

KC 43 took place at December 15 at The Expo at World Market Center in Las Vegas.

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Pettis defeated Henderson at Karate Combat

Thirteen years after their first fight, former UFC lightweight champions Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and Benson Henderson clashed the third time in combat sports. The pair fought two times in MMA but now faced each other under Karate Combat rules at KC 43.

The 170-pound catchweight fight between the former UFC champs was scheduled for five rounds, but would need a sixth and final round to settle the outcome. In the end, “Showtime” stood as the winner via decision.

Since leaving the UFC, Pettis has been active in combat sports. In April he fought legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr and won a majority decision after eight rounds.

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