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  • 04-30-2014, 01:05 AM
    If I recall correctly, Mike Kyle dropped him once and rocked him another time. I thought AA lost that fight. I'm a huge fan so I shudder when thinking about the top 5 heavies in the UFC hitting him. I hope he beats Schaub and retires.
  • 04-29-2014, 07:36 PM
    In prime of his career, Andrei Arlovski in no rush during second stint in UFC

    It’s hard to picture Andrei Arlovski crying.

    Most MMA fans, if asked to think back on vintage “Pitbull,” picture him snarling into the camera with a mouthguard designed to look like a pair of scary fangs.

    But last week, that same guy was ready to cry tears of joy when he found out he would be returning to the UFC after an absence of more than six years.

    “It was an emotional day,” Arlovski told MMAjunkie Radio. “My manager called me and told me it was a done deal, and I had tears in my eyes.”
    Arlovski left the UFC after a 2008 win over Jake O’Brien, and he left on a three-fight winning streak. He fought on Affliction’s first show and knocked out Ben Rothwell. Then he stopped Roy Nelson for EliteXC.

    But then a rough stretch started, and he was knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, lost a decision to Antonio Silva and was knocked out by Sergei Kharitonov, the latter three coming under the Strikeforce banner.

    By and large, the Russian was considered washed up. But he started to get back on track, and while the wins weren’t coming against monster names, they still were coming. At 6-1 his past seven fights with a controversial no-contest with Tim Sylvia thrown in there, the former UFC heavyweight champion got the call to return, and he’ll meet Brendan Schaub in June at UFC 174 in Vancouver.

    But it wasn’t a small dunk for “Pitbull” to return. In fact, UFC President Dana White had reservations about re-signing him. Those reservations came from a WSOF fight Arlovski had against Anthony Johnson, a former UFC welterweight who also recently re-signed with the company to fight at light heavyweight. At WSOF 2, he beat Arlovski at heavyweight.

    This past Saturday at UFC 172, Johnson dominated Phil Davis in his return.

    “Anthony Johnson was the one thing I didn’t like about bringing Arlovski back, so that makes me feel a little better (that Johnson beat Davis),” White said after UFC 172. “Arlovski’s a heavyweight, and he lost to a guy who fought in our show at 170. That’s what really bothered me about bringing Andrei back.”
    But in the end, White said he was willing to give Arlovski one more try in the promotion – though he admitted Arlovski wasn’t on his radar screen for someone to add to the roster until Arlovski’s manager reached out.

    “I like him. He’s on a win streak, and the window is closing for Andrei Arlovski,” White said. “They really wanted a fight. He’s always been an honorable guy, and so has his manager, and I said yes. They said they wanted to come back. He’ll fight Brendan Schaub, and we’ll see what happens.”
    Arlovski’s plan for what happens seems to be to take his time and start stringing together wins in the big show. He said he already was heading to Albuquerque, N.M., where he trains with the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA team.

    But at 35, he believes he might just be at the top of his game. Back in the UFC against stronger competition, he’ll soon find out – while treating his return to the company like it’s his first time there.

    “Right now, I’m smarter and more educated in my fighting styles,” he said. “At this point, I might be better than ever.

    “I’m going to be smart and beat my next opponent. But at the same time, this is going to be my debut in the UFC. I need to take it one step at a time. I’m not scared to train hard and fight hard – I’m just ready for big changes in my career, period. I’m not that old – at 35, I might be in the prime of my career. I might be training harder than I was 10 years ago.”
  • 04-28-2014, 10:57 PM
    The KO of Buentello was one of the best single punches in UFC history in my opinion.
  • 04-28-2014, 06:03 PM
    I'm always torn when AA fights. Huge fan, so I like seeing him compete. But, again, a huge fan so I cringe watching him take more shots.

    The Schaub fight is interesting. Schaub actually has more diversity to his game than often credited with; I could see his threats of takedowns opening up AA's defense. Hate to say it, but I see it as Schaub's fight to lose.
  • 04-28-2014, 05:18 PM
    K1NG P3NN
    I don't even care about him being past his prime, I love me some Arlovski fights. I'll be watching.
  • 04-28-2014, 07:42 AM
    I hope this doesn't end up looking like Mirko Cro Cop's second UFC stint.
  • 04-27-2014, 10:07 AM
    Dana White: ‘I like Andrei Arlovski, so we brought him back’

    BALTIMORE – Though the UFC has hosted three fight cards in 10 days, they’ve been busy fortifying the heavyweight ranks as well. The promotion recently announced that former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski was back in the UFC after six years away.

    UFC president Dana White tweeted on Thursday "welcome back Andrei Arlovski," just hours after his previous promotion WSOF released him.

    At the UFC 172 post-fight scrum, White was asked what prompted the UFC to bring the 35-year old back in after so long.

    "I like him," White said. "He’s on a win streak and the window is closing for Andrei Arlovski. They really wanted a fight, and he’s always been an honorable guy and so has his manager, and I said yes."
    Arlovski is slated to make his return against Brendan Schaub at UFC 174 on June 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He last appeared in the Octagon back on March 1, 2008, when he fought Jake O’Brien at UFC 82 in Columbus on the prelims, a fight he won via TKO. Since that time Arlovski has gone 8-5-1 in WSOF, Affliction and Strikeforce, though over the last eight fights he’s gone 6-1-1.

    White said that Arlovski’s camp initiated the conversation to come back to the UFC. Asked if he had been on the UFC’s radar – or if he’d seen any of Arlovski’s recent fights – White simply said, "nope."

    "I like Andrei, we brought him back," he said. "He’ll fight Brendan Schaub and we’ll see what happens."
    Arlovski’s lone loss in he last few years was in a heavyweight fight with Anthony Johnson, who himself made a successful return to the UFC against Phil Davis on Saturday night. When that parallel was presented to White, he said part of the reluctance to bring Arlovski back was the way that looked at the time.

    "Anthony Johnson is the one thing I didn’t like about bringing Arlovski back, so that makes me feel better tonight that [Johnson looked good]," he said. "Andrei’s a heavyweight, and he lost to a guy who fought in our show at 170, you know what I mean? So, that’s what really bothered me about bringing Andrei back."
    Arlovski was the UFC's heavyweight champion in 2005-06. He defended his title twice before losing the belt to Tim Sylvia at UFC 59.
  • 04-26-2014, 04:43 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by VimyRidge View Post
    I like Arlovski, but he recently got his jaw broken by a guy who fought at ww. I see him having trouble competing. Has a chance to KO anyone, as long as he doesn't get caught first.
    A man who could never make weight at welterweight and middleweight was knocking out opponents at light heavyweight.. No shame in getting your jaw broke by Anthony Johnson and still fighting on.
  • 04-26-2014, 08:57 AM
    Really don't wanna see AA fight anymore but im happy he made it back to the ufc. But the guy has me a nervous wreck these days when he fights lol.
  • 04-26-2014, 08:04 AM
    Great news! if AA can kick it into high gear he can finish his career well. if mark hunt can go on a tear, why not AA? He has the skills, at one point his boxing was the best in MMA, probably would have beaten Fedor if not for that I'll fated Flying Knee attempt. If he goes in focused and hungry, then he's not an easy night for anyone in the division. The HW division isn't that deep so a title run is possible for anyone who wins 3 or 4 fights. I'd like to see him go up against Mark Hunt then Junior if he can string together some impressive wins.4
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