Andrei Arlovski may have come up short versus Anthony Johnson at WSOF 2 in March, but most would agree “The Pitbull” has turned things around since he lost four straight bouts a few years ago. Before facing Johnson, Arlovski had gone undefeated in five straight fights and the noted striker has been talking about working his way back to a title and the UFC.
Now despite the fact Arlovski hasn’t been stopped now since 2011, when he was blasted by Sergei Kharitonov, the34 year-old continues to field questions about his chin. The violent loss to Kharitonov marked the third time in four bouts at that juncture, in which Arlovski had been KO’d or TKO’d, and prompted calls for his retirement. So what does Arlovski have to say about this line of questioning? Well, while speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here’s what he had to say.
“It’s f–ked,” said Arlovski, who will fight Mike Kyle this Saturday at WSOF 5 . “I’m really getting f–king sick of all these comments about my chin. I broke my jaw in two f–king places and f–king Anthony Johnsoncouldn’t f–king knock me out. So if you’re going to talk to Mike Kyle, you can just tell him to shut his f–king mouth and be ready for the f–king fight. That’s it. Period.”
“It kind of pisses me off. I don’t read those comments like I used to read those comments. I showed my chin was fine when I fought Tim Sylvia in the Philippines, when our fight was a no contest. He landed a good straight right hand at the end of the first round and I was fine. I survived and knocked him out. Those people say [I don’t] have a good chin, now this guy? It’s okay. Just fine. To be honest with you, I don’t know what to say in a nice way. It’s one of those bad spots in my mind.”
Kyle is no stranger to knocking people out in his own right, so it will be interesting to see how Saturday’s main event plays out.
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