UFC FN 51: Andrei Arlovski Still on the Hunt for Another Heavyweight Title
By FCF Staff
Andrei Arlovski may be 35 years old, and several ranking spots removed from the UFC’s top ten heavyweights, but the veteran still believes he can secure the promotion’s championship once again.
The #14 ranked Arlovski is set to fight the #4 positioned “Bigfoot” Silva tomorrow at UFC Fight Night 51 in Brasilia, Brazil. Arlovski recently spoke with UFC.com, and here is some of what the former champ had to say about his mindset heading into the fight.
“Before, when I was in the UFC, I may have taken things for granted,” Arlovski says. “But I’m much more responsible now, and maybe that’s why the UFC gave me this chance again. The most important thing to me now is training hard and being a responsible professional. I think at this stage of my career I can still be a champion, and I’m going to work toward that goal. That is the most important thing right now, to move forward.”
The accomplished fighter returned to the UFC in June, and narrowly got by Brendan Schaub with a split decision win. The only man to defeat Arlovski (22-10) in his last five fights is light-heavyweight contender, Anthony Johnson.
“I wasn’t happy with my last fight,” Arlovski said, while discussing his UFC 174 bout with Schaub. “But if you look at his face he looked like he got hit by a train. My performance wasn’t the best but a win is always good. I took some lessons and did some homework and I will be a much different fighter against Silva.”
Silva (18-5-1) hasn’t fought since last December, when he battled Mark Hunt to a majority draw. The heavyweight is 2-2-1 in his last 5 scraps, and both losses during that time came against champion Cain Velasquez.
Arlovski and Silva fought under the Strikeforce banner in 2010, and the latter scored a unanimous decision win.