Andrei Arlovski
The Pit Bull
Draws Sakai in Fort Lauderdale
HeavyweightUFC
March 14, 2019
Arlovski (nose) will take on Augusto Sakai in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Arlovski dropped his third consecutive fight to Walt Harris back in December, losing via split decision despite winning the striking battle 44 to 24. That bout resulted in a medical suspension for Arlovski, who has since been cleared by a physician to return earlier. The 40-year-old is nearing the end of the road in his MMA career -- a point that could have been argued for the last several years. Nonetheless, the promotion will trot him out against Sakai, a former Bellator fighter that knocked out Chase Sherman in the third round of his UFC debut. Sakai is a 27-year-old Brazilian who is 12-1-1 as a professional, with his only loss coming to the streaking Cheick Kongo under the Bellator banner.
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Hit with medical suspension
HeavyweightUFC
January 7, 2019
Arlovski was handed a 180-day medical suspension for a possible broken nose on Monday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Arlovski suffered the injury during his split-decision loss to Walt Harris at UFC 232 in late December. He'll be ineligible to return before late June unless cleared by a doctor.
Loses uneventful split decision at UFC 232
HeavyweightUFC
December 29, 2018
Arlovski was defeated by Walt Harris via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
This was a typical Arlovski fight. It was his sixth straight fight to go to decision. Neither fighter was willing to take risks or throw combinations. Many exchanges were a single strike from each fighter. The biggest moment of the fight was when Harris rocked Arlovski with a straight left in the third round. The decision could have went either way because neither fighter went out and earned it.
Loses unanimous decision at UFC Moscow
HeavyweightUFC
September 15, 2018
Arlovski was defeated by Shamil Abdurakhimov via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Moscow on Saturday
ANALYSIS
This fight had no pace and was uneventful. Arlovski, who is known for his striking, did not string punches together and neither did his opponent. Both fighters were equally ineffective standing. The fight was decided by grappling. Arlovski was able to get two takedowns in the second round, but did nothing offensively once he got Abdurakhimov down. The Russian was able to take Arlovski down in each round. The referee constantly threatened to stand the fighters up for inactivity, but Abdurakhimov did have moments where he landed good ground-and-pound. Arlovski would have had a better chance if he would have thrown more volume striking as it seemed he had the speed advantage on the feet.
Will fight in Moscow
HeavyweightUFC
July 27, 2018
Arlovski will face Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC Moscow on Sep. 15 in a heavyweight bout.
ANALYSIS
Arlovski has had a rough go of it over the last two-plus years, posting an overall record of just 2-6 dating back to January of 2016, with a loss against Tai Tuivasa at UFC 225 being his most recent result. He barely saved his UFC job by picking up back-to-back wins over Junior Albini and Stefan Struve before that, which allowed the 39-year-old to bounce back from a five-fight losing streak. He's going to have his work cut out for him again, as "The Pit Bull" will be going up against a younger, Russian fighter that is 3-1 in his last four. Arlovski may soon be reaching the end of the line -- this will be his 45th professional fight -- so look for him to enter as the betting underdog.
Hangs around before dropping unanimous decision to Tai Tuivasa
HeavyweightUFC
June 9, 2018
Arlovski lost to Tai Tuivasa via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
The Pit Bull showed better than most expected, but the end result was the loss that was anticipated. Arlovski's chin held up pretty well against a strong striker in Tuivasa, but he struggled to land any significant shots of his own. Arlovski's style of fighting hasn't evolved despite the fact he turned 39 years old in October and no longer possesses the hand or foot speed that he did in his prime. Arlovski is a power puncher than brings nothing else to the table at this point. His is 2-6 in his last eight fights and the UFC would be well within their rights to send him packing.