It’s 2016 and Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett are still headlining UFCs. That’s amazing, and just to put things in perspective, these guys were UFC champs back in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Yeah, that’s a long time to be competitive in the Octagon.
Sweet Jesus! Arlovski comes out and clips Barnett, forcing him to drop to a knee. But Barnett rises and clips Arlovski, and Arlovski nearly drops. He just about recovers, and another punch from Barnett has him sink to all fours. He rises, and they clinch. Amazingly, despite Barnett being an elite grappler, the Belarussian gets the trip takedown, and he stands over Barnett contemplating his next move. They stand and trade, and when Arlovski flurries, Barnett simply covers up and grins at him when it’s over. Both men are bloody when the horn sounds.
Barnett turns it into a grind in the second, tying his opponent up and pressuring him against the fence. This grueling battle goes on for much of the round, and when Arlovski scores another trip Barnett rolls him over and takes mount. From top position he drops knuckles relentlessly, and the horn sounds with Arlovski turtled and Barnett giving him hell.
The duo is huffing and puffing when the third commences, but Arlovski digs deep and pummels Barnett with a flurry that has him covering up. Then, in an instant, Barnett secures the takedown, and it’s only a matter of time. Punishment from above, constant pressure, and then, when Arlovski rolls, a rear naked choke. Barnett is your winner.
Result: Josh Barnett def. Andrei Arlovski via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at a 2:53, R3