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June 17, 2017 Andrei Arlovski News
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Arlovski lost to Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 27-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Kallang, Singapore.
There is no reason for the UFC to keep Arlovski around. It is abundantly clear that he is completely washed up and he proved that once again on Saturday. "The Pit Bull" allowed Tybura to totally dominate Round 1 and he was never able to truly recover. He was completely gassed by the time the final frame rolled around. Arlovski has lost five straight fights. The UFC's heavyweight division lacks depth, but there is zero justification for giving Arlovski another fight with the company.
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Fantasy AnalysisArlovski has been finished in four straight fights, and although some have suggested that a release was imminent, he still has enough drawing power to remain on the heavyweight roster. All four of those losses were against quality opponents, but if he's unable to put forth a strong effort against Tybura, the Pit Bull might end up forcing the UFC's hand. At 38 years old, the Jackson-Wink MMA product still has some fight left in him, but Arlovski's days of being in the title picture are long behind him.
Fantasy AnalysisWell, it was quite clear how that was going to end. Facing one of the brightest and most physically gifted prospects in the entire spot, the 38-year-old (next week) Arlovski didn't have a prayer of surviving against Ngannou, much less winning. The Pit Bull just doesn't have the head speed to compete anymore in a division where every single opponent hits like a Mack truck. They have all come against quality competition, but Arlovski has now lost four straight fights, all via stoppage. If Arlovski isn't willing to walk away on his own, a release seems likely. There is just little to no reason to keep him on the roster at this point, name recognition aside.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski has been stopped in each of his last three fights, but has the opportunity to make a huge statement if he can beat Ngannou, who has barreled through all four of his fights in the UFC. A former champion of the heavyweight division, Arlovski can still be a ferocious striker early in fights, but tends to slow down after the initial burst, leaving himself susceptible to damage. Still, Arlovski will be the most seasoned opponent the Frenchman has faced thus far, which could give him some sort of advantage heading into the cage.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was the first time in Arlovski's storied career that he was submitted. The first round featured both men landing multiple power shots, with Arlovski seemingly getting the better of it. In the final two frames, Arlovski struggled with Barnett's grappling game. He struggled in multiple scrambles on the mat and that allowed Barnett to slowly regain control on the fight. The bottom line here is that if Arlovski doesn't finish his opponents with strikes in the first round, he is going to struggle to earn victories at this point in his career. The loser of three-straight, all via stoppage, the Pit Bull is done in terms of beating quality opponents. He will probably get another fight with the company, but fans shouldn't expect much.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski has lost back-to-back fights against Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem and he has looked bad in doing so, suffering early TKO setbacks in each fight. Virtually everyone realized that his four-fight winning streak that he ran off upon returning to the UFC in June 2014 was a fluke and his last two bouts, even against top competition, certainly appeared to prove that. The Pit Bull still has power in his hands, but he doesn't have the foot speed to get to it. The 37-year-old former UFC Heavyweight Champion is a nice story, but the finish line is quickly approaching.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski once looked to be reviving his professional fighting career, stringing together four straight victories in the UFC from 2014 to 2015. Since then, he has suffered back-to-back TKO defeats -- once to current champion Stipe Miocic, and again to top contender Alistair Overeem. The 37-year-old Arlovski desperately needs a bounceback fight, and who better to match up with than the 38-year-old Barnett, who has lost two of his last three? Both fighters fall within the top-10 UFC heavyweights, and a win for either could propel them to a high-profile fight.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski has a great opening 25 seconds, walking down the Reem, forcing him against the cage and unleashing a combination of seven or eight strikes that landed. Unfortunately, Arlovski got virtually nothing going the rest of the way. A crane kick under the chin and one huge left hand was all that it took for Overeem to put an end to Arlovski's evening. The Pitbull has now lost back-to-back fights after winning four in a row upon returning to the UFC in June 2014. It has become abundantly clear that streak was a mirage. At age-37, Arlovski has more left in the tank than a fighter such as Bigfoot Silva, but he is almost at the finish line.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski’s four-fight winning streak that he ran off when returning to the UFC in June 2014 feels like a fluke. He was hammered by Stipe Miocic in his last fight and he put forth a thoroughly mediocre effort in a unanimous decision win over Frank Mir prior to that. As a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Arlovski still has a lot of drawing power, but he just doesn’t have much left in the tank. The Pitbull still possess most of his trademark power that made him a successful fighter, but he doesn’t have the speed to put that power to use and he is spending far too much time standing in front of his opponents on the feet. If he loses to Overeem, this will almost certainly be the last title-implicating fight of his career.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski will look to bounce back from a TKO loss to Stipe Miocic that snapped a six-fight winning streak for the 37-year-old. A victory over one of the top heavyweight contenders in Overeem could push Arlovski one step closer to a final opportunity to fight for the heavyweight belt.
Fantasy AnalysisEven though Arlovski had won four fights in a row since returning to the company, you could see this coming. Arlovski took a lot of punishment in his win over Travis Browne and more or less stood around in his win over Frank Mir. He ate one short right hand from Miocic and he couldn't recover. Arlovski has had a terrific career, but he was never a realistic title contender despite his recent resurgence. He's a big enough name that he is going to get another well known opponent his next time out, but there's easily three or four fighters ahead of him in the UFC's heavyweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski has won four fights in a row since returning to the company and he is the #2 ranked heavyweight by UFC.com, but that hasn't stopped the Vegas odds makers from making him a fairly sizable underdog for this fight. It's certainly plausible that the 36-year-old Arlovski could potentially earn the next heavyweight title shot if he is able to finish Miocic impressively. Arlovski took a unanimous decision from current champion Fabricio Werdum when the two fought way back at UFC 70 in April 2007.
Fantasy AnalysisMiocic was originally slated to fight Ben Rothwell in Dublin before an injury forced Miocic out of the fight. Arlovski (25-10) has had a perfect record since returning to MMA in 2014. Meanwhile, Miocic has won four of his last five contests.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski deserved to win, but there shouldn't have been a 30-27 in there. Arlovski likely took rounds one and three, but he was dead tired by the time the fight was over and he and Mir did little but stand around during the final five minutes. Considering where Arlovski's career was not all that long ago, the fact he has returned to the UFC and won four straight fights is pretty remarkable. Still, it wasn't a very good performance and the 36-year-old Arlovski did nothing in this bout to show that he is worthy of a shot at the heavyweight title.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski has revived his career since returning to the UFC in June 2014. He looked finished at one point, but it's entirely possible that he's just one victory away from earning a title shot. Arlovski defeated Travis Browne via first round TKO in his most recent fight in May.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury, but UFC officials must be fairly confident that he will be ready to roll in early September. Arlovski has won three straight bouts since returning to the UFC in June 2014. His most recent fight was a first round TKO win over Travis Browne in May.
Fantasy AnalysisArlovski got the job done in one of the most entertaining rounds in the history of the UFC. He peppered Browne with monster shots from the beginning of the fight, only to be clocked with a right hand and dropped himself. Arlovski eventually got to his feet and landed a few more big shots along the fence before referee Mark Smith stepped in to stop the bout. The victory was made even more impressive by the revelation after the bout that Arlovski suffered a serious calf strain early in the week and was considering pulling out of the bout. Arlovski is a big name and there aren't any other obvious contenders, so it would't be a surprise if he got the next title shot against the winner of the Cain Velasquez v. Fabricio Werdum bout on June 13.