Dana White Tweets “Welcome Back Andrei Arlovski”, Former Champ Reportedly Headed Back to UFC
By FCF Staff
It’s been over six years since Andrei Arlovski last competed in the UFC, but it looks as though the former heavyweight champ is headed back to the UFC.
On Thursday, UFC President Dana White tweeted “Welcome back Andrei Arlovski”, and according to several reports, the 35 year-old fighter has reached a new deal with the promotion. Arlovski had been competing for World of Series of Fighting, but a report from MMA Fighting.com, quotes the promotion’s Ali Abdel-Aziz wishing him “the best of luck” in the UFC.
The report adds that there have been talks about Arlovski fighting Brendan Schaub in his Octagon return; however, the bout has not been finalized.
Arlovski (21-10) is coming off a stoppage win over Andreas Kraniotakes in November, while competing for Fight Nights in Belarus. “The Pit Bull” has gone 4-1 in his last five bouts, and the only man to defeat him during that run is the UFC’s Anthony Johnson.
The veteran fighter hasn’t competed in the UFC since March, 2008, when he scored a decision win over Jake O’Brien. Since then Arlovski has also fought for organizations like Strikeforce, ONE FC, Elite XC and ProElite.