Arlovski to Undergo MRI on Left Leg
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
by Josh Gross (email@example.com)
Since losing a five-round unanimous decision Saturday evening to Tim Sylvia (Pictures), fans and media alike have speculated as to why Andrei Arlovski (Pictures) stopped moving forward during the final three rounds of the UFC heavyweight title fight.
The answer, it seems, is due in large measure to a kick Sylvia offered in the second period.
Having returned to Chicago, the banged up Belarusian will undergo an MRI on Tuesday focusing on both the ankle and knee of his lead left leg, which Keith Gelman, Arlovski's marketing director, indicated had swollen to four times its normal size.
According to Gelman the injuries occurred when Arlovski tried to check a kick from the six-foot-eight Sylvia. Yet the attack managed to slam its way into Arlovski's knee, rendering "The Pitbull" unable to effectively kick or make takedown attempts during the remaining 15 minutes.
Gelman also expressed that Arlovski, whom the Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended from competition until September 7, kept quiet about the injury because he didn't want to appear as if he was making excuses for falling short on points.