Shane Carwin’s first pick on The Ultimate Fighter 16 will finally make it to the Octagon.
Sam Alvey, who went 1-1 on the reality show in 2012 with a 47-second knockout victory and a majority decision loss, has signed a deal with the promotion and will fight Tom Watson at the UFC Fight Night 47 card in Bangor, Maine, on Aug. 16.
Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com.
Despite fighting the majority of his career as a middleweight, Alvey (23-5-1) entered the Ultimate Fighter to compete at welterweight. Alvey makes his Octagon debut riding a four-fight win streak with three knockout finishes. After winning the Maximum Fighting Championship in 2013, "Smilin" entered the cage twice in May to defeat Wes Swofford and Gerald Meerschaert.
More experienced inside the Octagon, Watson (16-7) has his back against the wall going into this fight after suffering consecutive losses to Thales Leites and Nick Catone in his last UFC appearances. The only win of "Kong’s" four-fight run in the UFC was a knockout over Stanislav Nedkov in 2013.
Alvey vs. Watson joins Shawn Jordan vs. Jack May and Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares as the only fights set for the UFN card in Maine.