Depending how much you follow MMA, then you may or may not be aware that Andrei Arlovski is set to battle Mike Kyle this weekend at World Series of Fighting 5, which could be pretty entertaining. If you’re relatively new to the sport, then you may not even know that several years ago, Arlovski reigned as UFC heavyweight champ. Now, seven years after losing the belt to Tim Sylvia, apparently “The Pitbull” still wants the title back.
While speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio recently about this Saturday’s fight with Kyle, the 34 year-old vet had this to say about what he’s hoping to achieve in the future.
“I have only one personal goal: a champion’s belt around my waist, and that’s it,” said Arlovski. “I will do everything possible to be champion again, and I will do everything possible. That’s why I train with Greg Jackson and other top fighters in MMA. Greg and other coaches helps me every day to reach my goal.”
Since Arlovski is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Anthony Johnson at WSOF 2 in March, the former champ conceded he has a “long, long way” to go, before relaying that he still intends to work his back to the UFC. If you’re wondering, the last time Arlovski fought for ZUFFA was in 2008 when he stopped Jake O’Brien, before moving on to Affliction and Elite XC (remember those days?).
“It’s the main goal,” Arlovski said. “UFC has the best heavyweight division right now. But my first step is a victory over Mike, so I’m looking forward to Sept. 14, and we’ll see what happens after. But the UFC is the best organization in MMA right now.”
Not sure the WSOF brass wants to hear one of it’s biggest names admitting he still wants back in the UFC because it’s the “best organization”, but you can’t fault a fighter for being honest. Now, considering it wasn’t that long ago when Arlovski had dropped four straight fights, some folks might question whether the heavyweight is capable of making another run, but clearly he’s still dedicated to fighting. It will be interesting to see how his bout with Kyle plays out.
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