The former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski is looking to fight by the end of the year, and could be competing at Strikeforce: Evolution on Dec. 19th, in Japan with Sengoku or Dynamite!! 2009 on New Year’s Eve. Sengoku and Dynamite are MMA affiliations in Japan. We have learned that Arlovski’s management has been in discussions with the various organizations, and Arlovski is currently training to potentially fight on one of those cards.
Interestingly, Arlovski, who is coming off a pair of knockout losses this year, in Janurary, to Fedor Emelianenko, which ended in horrific fashion – Arlovski was brutally stoped in mid flight of a running/jumping knee attack by a vicious overhand right bomb from Fedor, dropping Arlovski on his face, and I remember watching in a room full of friends and we all gasped thinking he was seriously hurt/dead. The 2nd KO suffered was by Brett Rogers in June. Andrei could have had the opportuniy to have fought on the Fedor vs. Rogers card this past weekend. Arlovski was offered Mike Whitehead, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Whitehead and Sokoudjou would have moved up in weight) and finally Antonio Silva, but respective parties could not agree to the matchups.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker teased the media late Saturday at the Fedor vs. Rogers post-fight conference by saying that there will be two big heavyweight signings to be announced within the next 10 days. Could Arlovski be one of them? And if Arlovski manages to pull himself together from his 2 losses and restore his skills back to his championship ways of old, will we see him get another shot at taking down fellow Russian, Fedor? That would be a rematch I would love to see.