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Thursday, Aug 30, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Legends Eye Comebacks at One FC 5

Andrei Arlovski (top) is one of several big names on tomorrow's ONE FC card

By Joshua Molina

One FC is the home to a legends match tomorrow between Andrei Arlovski, once considered in the same league as Fedor Emelianenko, and Tim Sylvia, who two months ago was rumored to be fighting Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce.

The fight takes place in the Philippines, in what isn’t even billed as the main event.

It’s do or die for both fighters in this special attraction.

The two have already fought three times, with Sylvia winning two of the three fights.

Both fighters are well past their primes, but the winner could position himself for another big payday somewhere.

Arlovski was on a roll before he was KO’d by Fedor Emelianenko, which led to a series of knockout losses against lower level fighters. Arlovski is a scary competitor, with his fake fangs on his mouthpiece, but, like many MMA fighters, cannot take a punch.

Sylvia, who never looks like he spends a lot time in the gym, was once famously KO’d by an old Ray Mercer, former boxing champion, in nine seconds

Let’s hope this is the last fight between these two, both of whom have nothing to prove by fighting one another.

One man who does have something to prove, however, is Phil Baroni, who is also fighting on the One FC card. Baroni, known as “The New York Bad Ass,” looks like a million dollars, but has a record of 14-15 in mixed martial arts. With a record like that, if he were a pro boxer, he would be done. In MMA, he has a few fights left.

Baroni, who once tested positive for steroid use, has survived in MMA this long on his looks, charisma and flashy entrances. Like many fighters reaching the final stages of their careers, Baroni promises that he has turned his life around, has better stamina than in previous fights, and won’t lose anymore.

Baroni will take on Rodrigo Ribeiro, in a fight that promises to be a major challenge for Baroni.

The card streams live on pay per view at www.onefc.com.

posted by JoshuaM @ 1:59 pm
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