NEW YORK, July 27, 2009 — At 6’4″ and 240 lbs, Andrei Arlovski is a beast. Armed with mixed martial arts skills and a Heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) under his belt, Arlovski is a human wrecking ball waiting to unleash havoc at Chicago Comic-Con.
“I've been a huge fan of Andrei's for some time, especially as my interest in MMA really intensified. Being a UFC Heavyweight Champion is something special, and Andrei is one of the few men who can claim he has reached that pinnacle,” said Gareb Shamus, producer of Chicago Comic-Con.
At only 27 years of age, Arlovoski is in the prime of his fighting career. Currently, Arlovoski is 9-4 with six wins by knockout and three by submission.Arlovski trains in Chicago and has mentioned making Chicago his permanent home.
Nicknamed “The Pitbull,” Arlovski began lifting weights when he was 14 years old because, if you can believe this, bullies actually used to pick on him. Arlovski figured that if he got enough muscle, the bullies would move on to another prey.
Fans can purchase the Chicago Comic-Con exclusive Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski Round 5 action figure featuring him and his pet Pit Bull, Maximus, during the show, and have it signed for free by Arlovski.
About Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski:
At 18, Arlovski’s love for fitness and soccer led him to start training for combat sports. He studied martial arts and kickboxing, but he started to excel in a USSR martial art called Sambo. His Ultimate Fighting Championship debut came in April of 2000 against Aaron Brink at UFC 28: High Stakes. Arlovski pummeled Brink 55 seconds into the first round and won by submission with an armbar.
About Wizard World:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books and magazines covering today's hottest pop culture happenings including movies, TV, comic books, toys, games, anime, manga and much more! Gareb produces Chicago Comic-Con at the Rosemont Convention center, August 6-9; Big Apple Comic-Con at Pier 94, October 16 -18 and Wizard World Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010. He recently purchased the Toronto Comic-Con with dates soon to be announced.
Aug. 6-9, 2009
Rosemont Convention Center
Tickets on sale now at www.wizardworld.com or 877-402-3748