Arlovski Headlining UFN 51 After Being Disgraced
Dana White blasted Andrei Arlovski’s performance at UFC 174, now he’s making him the main event at UFN 51.
We Got Robbed
White told Majunkie that he was disappointed with the UFC 174 performance of Arlovski and his opponent Brendan Schaub. But White says that this does not mean that they will not fight again. He said that he just wanted them to know how they “sucked.”
Arlovski and Schaub fought an anti-climatic fight where the Belarusan Pitbull was reluctant to throw punches and trade with Schaub. On the other hand, a similarly listless Schaub was content to hang around Arlovski and pepper him with a couple of blows. The bout ended in a split decision victory for Arlovski which Schaub protested. White said that when Schaub told him that he “was robbed”, he told the fighter “no, we got robbed.”
Don’t Boo Me
Amidst the boos after the verdict was announced, Arlovski pleaded with the crowd not to boo him. Arlovski had not fought in the UFC since March 2008, after moving to fight in other MMA promotions. His career appeared to be over when he lost four straight bouts from 2009-2011.
Pitbull found his second wind and rebounded with a 6-1-1 fight record since August 2011 which prompted his team to negotiate a contract with the UFC.White cited good relationship and his UFC accomplishments as the main reasons why they re-signed Arlovksi. He was a former UFC Heavyweight champion and has a record of 22-10-1 with 15 KOs and 3 submissions.
Big Bout, Big Opportunity
So Arlovski is headed to the main event of UFC Fight Night 51 on September 13th at the Nilson Nelson gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil. His opponent will be Brazilian Antonio ” Big Foot” Silva, the one-time UFC heavyweight title contender who is coming off a nine month suspension following a failed drug test.
Arlovski and Silva had fought once before, back when they were in the Strikeforce promotion in 2010. Silva beat Arlovski by unanimous decision in a bout that wasn’t even deserving a rematch.
But this time around, this bout is a big chance for Andrei Arlovski to enter the title picture once again. At age 35, his window of opportunity is fast closing in on him and a loss would definitely kill those dreams. Bigfoot Silva is ranked #4 by the UFC and beating him convincingly should be a good start for Arlovski to enter the Top 10 rankings.
The 34 year old Silva has a record of 18-1-1 with 13 KOs and 2 submissions. His last two victories were against Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem. Silva lost to Cain Velasquez at UFC 160 in his only title fight. His most recent majority draw bout against Mark Hunt was overruled as a no-contest because of a failed drug test.
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