Andrei Arlovski Still Pursuing Another UFC Belt
By FCF Staff
Although Andrei Arlovski recently turned 42, and isn’t a top 15 ranked heavyweight, the renowned fighter hasn’t abandoned his championship plans.
The former UFC champ is booked to face Tom Aspinall today at UFC Vegas 19, in what will be Arlovski’s 52nd pro bout. As the fight approaches, Arlovski is riding a two-fight winning streak, and is 3-2 in his last 5 bouts.
Due to Arlovski’s age, the rugged veteran continues to field questions about his future and retirement. While talking with the media ahead of UFC Vegas 19, Arlovski had this to say (quotes via MMA Fighting).
“I want to fight as long as possible and of course I want to be a champion,” Arlovski said. “That is why I’m doing what I’m doing right now. In the past, the main problem for me was sticking with the game plan. Over last two fights, I stick to the game plan and I trust my coaches 100 percent. Like Nike, just do it.”
The 27-year-old Aspinall (9-2) is the latest prospect Arlovski will face. But, it’s clear the latter doesn’t mind taking on the division’s rising fighters.
“Young blood keeps you alive,” Arlovski said. “It’s keep you on your tippy toes. Deep inside you know he’s young, he might be stronger, faster, but for me, age is just a number. . . At age 42 I’m still super hungry, in a good way. For glory, for money, for titles, for everything. I just became a more responsible person. Responsible father, husband, fighter. At age 42, I do more work than when I was 25.”
UFC Vegas 19 will be hosted by the promotion’s Apex Facility.