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Sam Alvey Understands Why He Didn't Get a UFC Deal After TUF 16

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 cast made history when only four of the contestants were signed by the UFC at the conclusion of the season. Sam Alvey (19-4-1 NC) was one of the many who wasn't offered a contract, and said that he understands why as he didn't win the show.

"Message received," said Alvey to MMA Weekly Radio. "It is what it is, but it comes down to I should have won. Those of us that were on the show, we should have won. That's what's important."

After Alvey made it into the house, Shane Carwin (12-2) selected him as his first overall pick. He lost in the quarterfinals by decision to Roy Nelson (18-7) team member Joey Rivera (7-1).

Others from the 16th season who were signed include winner Colton Smith (3-1), runner-up Mike Ricci (7-3), Jon Manley (7-1) and Neil Magny (7-1).

Alvey took the experience as a lesson for future contestants on the show.

"I'll bet the future seasons of The Ultimate Fighter will be even bigger because we didn't to get to fight," said Alvey.

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