February 4, 1979 |
Babruysk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union (now Belarus)
|Other names||The Pit Bull|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Chicago, Illinois|
|Rank||International Master of Sports in Sambo|
|Years active||1999–present (MMA)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Andrei Valeryevich Arlovski (Belarusian: Андрэй Валер'евіч Арлоўскі, Belarusian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛj vaˈlʲɛrɛvitʃ arˈlɔwski], born February 4, 1979), nicknamed The Pit Bull, is a Belarusian mixed martial artist, actor and former UFC Heavyweight Champion, who currently competes in the World Series of Fighting he has also competed for Strikeforce, Affliction, EliteXC, ONE FC, and M-1 Challenge. Arlovski is also the only man to ever knockout Roy Nelson. In the ring, he is known for his extremely fast hands and knockout power.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Movie career
- 4 "Maximus Arlovski" Andrei's Pit Bull
- 5 Championships and Accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Arlovski was born in Babruisk, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (now Belarus). When he was younger, bullies often picked on him and beat him up. In 1994, when he was 14 years old, he finally had enough and started lifting weights to put on muscle and, he hoped, to help him deal with these bullies. Andrei only took up martial arts at the age of 16 having previously been interested in football. It was an interest in personal fitness and conditioning that led Arlovski to take an interest in combat sports.
Enrolling at the police academy in Minsk, Arlovski combined his interest in a career in law enforcement with his growing martial arts participation by taking up the required police defense course in Sambo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and quickly showed himself to be a highly competent Sambo exponent. In 1999, Andrei won the European Youth Sambo Championship and the World Youth Championship. Not long after, Andrei became the first Master of Sports and then International Master of Sports. He took a silver medal at the Sambo World Cup and another silver medal at the World Sambo Championship.
Mixed martial arts career
At the age of 20, Arlovski began his professional MMA career at the Mix Fight M-1 in St Petersburg, Russia on April 9, 1999. It was a fairly inauspicious start, losing by KO to Viacheslav Datsik. Not deterred, Arlovski returned in 2000 to M-1 Global at the European Championships, taking the heavyweight crown with a submission victory and a KO victory.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Arlovski made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 28, defeating Aaron Brink by submission. He was then thrown in against top opposition, losing to future UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez and heavyweight contender Pedro Rizzo. Despite those early defeats, wins over future British Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion Ian Freeman and future IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko propelled Arlovski back into the UFC elite.
In 2004, a motorcycle accident injury suffered by then UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir led to the creation of an interim heavyweight title. It was decided that the two top heavyweight contenders would meet to declare the interim champion and on February 5, 2005, at UFC 51, Arlovski faced former heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia. In the fight, Arlovski eventually connected with an overhand right and dropped Sylvia. On the ground, Arlovski followed up with an achilles lock that forced Sylvia to tap out at 47 seconds of the first round, making Arlovski the new UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Arlovski went on to defend his interim title on June 4, 2005, at UFC 53, against Justin Eilers. Andrei won the bout by TKO in the first round. After the fight, it was revealed that Eilers suffered extensive injuries in this match including a badly broken nose, two broken hands and a complete ACL tear.
In October 2005, Arlovski once again defended his title at UFC 55 against top contender Paul Buentello. Arlovski knocked out Buentello in 15 seconds of the opening round. On August 12, 2005, the UFC announced that it now recognized Arlovski as the undisputed heavyweight champion, as Frank Mir had not fully rehabilitated from his motorcycle accident.
In a rematch with Tim Sylvia at UFC 59 on April 15, 2006, Arlovski knocked Sylvia down with a right hand punch early in the first round. Sylvia was able to protect himself and recovered almost immediately. While Arlovski tried to finish Sylvia with a right lead, Sylvia countered with a short right uppercut to the chin, knocking Arlovski to the mat. Sylvia followed up with punches on the ground until referee Herb Dean stopped the match at 2:43 of the first round.
The rubber match between Tim Sylvia and Arlovski took place on July 8, 2006, at UFC 61. In what turned out to be a 5 round battle of attrition, neither fighter was able to KO the other, or even land any truly significant blows. In the end Sylvia won the fight by unanimous decision. It was later discovered that during the fight, Arlovski had been significantly injured by a checked leg kick sometime in the second round which left him unable to throw kicks of his own or make any takedown attempts. When confronted by a reporter about the injury, Arlovski avoided responding directly and would only say "I do not want to talk about my injuries or look for any other excuses." Not too long after it was revealed Sylvia had sustained an injury as he fainted at his hotel room and upon hospital examination, doctors discovered a concussion undetected after the match.
Arlovski made his next appearance on December 30, 2006, at UFC 66 against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Márcio Cruz. After being taken down, he kicked Cruz in the shoulder (which is legal) but it was mistaken for a head kick (which is illegal) by referee Herb Dean. When the referee intervened, he decided, because of Cruz's insistence, to allow both fighters to stay on the ground as opposed to standing them up, as is the general practice. Thereafter, Arlovski struck Cruz with a strong blow to the chin, then continued beating Cruz with hammerfists until the fight was stopped.
Arlovski fought PRIDE veteran and two-time world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70 and won by unanimous decision. Both fighters kept their distance for the majority of the fight, causing the referee to inform them at the beginning of the third round that he would remove a point from the first fighter to retreat in that round. Although Arlovski won the fight by unanimous decision, many boos could be heard from the crowd. After the fight Arlovski apologized to the fans for not fighting for the full fifteen minutes.
After 11 months of inactivity, Arlovski made his return to the octagon for the final time at UFC 82 and defeated Jake O'Brien by TKO in round two. With this win, Arlovski gave O'Brien his first ever MMA loss. This was Arlovski's final fight on his UFC contract.
Arlovski left the UFC with a record of 10–4, including going 3–2 in title fights.
After leaving the UFC, Arlovski signed with the newly created MMA-promotion Affliction and participated in their inaugural event Affliction: Banned on July 19, 2008. He fought and defeated top ranked heavyweight fighter and former IFL heavyweight stand-out Ben Rothwell by KO in the final round of the fight, ending Rothwell's 13 fight win streak and giving him his first defeat in over 3 years.
Originally scheduled to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion and top-ranked heavyweight Josh Barnett in the main event at Affliction's second pay-per-view, Affliction: Day of Reckoning, on October 11, 2008, the event was rescheduled and Arlovski would instead be matched up against the last reigning IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson at EliteXC: Heat on October 4, 2008, in Sunrise, Florida in a co-promotion with EliteXC. Arlovski won the fight via KO in the second round and in the process became the only man to ever finish Nelson in his MMA career at that point.
In January 2009, Arlovski faced the last reigning PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. Andrei looked exceptionally well prepared and focused but despite his encouraging early efforts, Arlovski lost the fight via KO in the opening round after jumping in with a very long range knee and being caught with an over-hand right punch.
On June 6, 2009, Arlovski fought up and coming heavyweight Brett Rogers at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. Arlovski lost the fight via TKO in the opening round. As a result, Arlovski has begun training with acclaimed MMA coach Greg Jackson in October 2009. Arlovski was a featured attendee at Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers where he was mobbed with a crowd of local Chicago fans. Arlovski was signed to Strikeforce and fought former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva on May 15, 2010, at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. after 3 rounds of hard hitting punches from both and no one giving in to each, Andrei Arlovski lost by unanimous decision.
Andrei Arlovski was defeated by Sergei Kharitonov via KO on February 12, 2011, as part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. It was his fourth straight loss, three of which were by way of KO. On February 17, 2011, Andrei Arlovski posted a video on his website which he spoke for over an hour, repeatedly saying that he would absolutely not retire and end his career this way. Andrei Arlovski indicated there was a situation with his trainers recommended that he retire; however, Greg Jackson was against his retirement. Andrei dedicated himself to training exclusively with Greg Jackson in New Mexico to refocus on his MMA career and make the necessary changes to get back on track.
After several months of grueling training schedule in New Mexico with Greg Jackson and the likes of Jon Jones, Shane Carwin and Travis Browne, Arlovski headlined ProElite 1 on August 27 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii against heavyweight Ray Lopez. Arlovski won by TKO in the third round after dominating Lopez throughout the fight.
Arlovski faced off against veteran of over 300 fights Travis Fulton at ProElite 2 in November, serving as the co-main event. Arlovski won the fight via a head kick KO in the final second of the third round. It was a knockout which caused Fulton, who has never been knocked out, to regain consciousness about 5 minutes after the fight was stopped. Fulton later admitted to Arlovski in the locker room that he has never been hit that hard in all of his 300 bouts.
ONE Fighting Championship
In mid-July 2012, it was announced that Andrei Arlovski had signed with the Asia-based promotion ONE Fighting Championship. Originally Andrei Arlvoski was scheduled to fight Soa Palelei but Soa Palelei was later replaced with Tim Sylvia. The promotion quickly announced that Arlovski would face Tim Sylvia in his debut, marking the fourth time the two fighters had faced each other.
Arlovski and Sylvia faced off at ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation on August 31, 2012 in Manila. The fight between Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia ended in a no-contest due to an illegal soccer kick by Andrei Arlovski. According to ONE FC rules, soccer kicks are legal only if the referee clears the fighter to do so after determining the grounded fighter can still intelligently defend himself. Arlovski received no such clearance, the kick was deemed illegal. Four days later One FC eliminated this restriction. This rule change, if made earlier, would have resulted in Arlovki the winner by TKO.
World Series of Fighting
Arlovski headlined the debut event from the World Series of Fighting against fellow Strikeforce veteran Devin Cole on November 3, 2012 at World Series of Fighting 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event aired live on NBC Sports. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Arlovski fought Anthony Johnson in the main event at World Series of Fighting 2 on March 23, 2013. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Controversy arose after the fight when it was revealed that multiple rounds exceeded the five minute time limit. The punch believed to have broken Arlovski's jaw was landed after when time should have expired.
Arlovski was also scheduled to fight 2 time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion and veteran of over 60 fights Jeff Monson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 2, 2013 but the event was postponed.
Arlovski fought Andreas Kraniotakes at Fight Nights - Battle in Minsk on November 29, 2013, and Arlovski won the fight via TKO in the second round.
Arlovski's movie debut was in 8 of Diamonds in 2006. He starred in Universal Soldier: Regeneration in 2009, along with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. In the movie, he plays an "NGU", a new generation UniSol in the main "bad guy" role. The movie was released directly to video on February 2, 2010, in the United States. Arlovski also played a part in the next Universal Soldier movie — Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, released in theaters on November 30, 2012, and on demand on October 25, 2012.
"Maximus Arlovski" Andrei's Pit Bull
Andrei's best friend, training camp companion and beloved pet pit bull has gained a very big following from Arlovski fans as being cute and exceptionally smart, as demonstrated by various tricks they do in picture and on video together.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- European Youth Sambo
- European Youth Sambo Champion
- World Cup
- 2nd place in the World Cup in Sambo
- World Sambo Championship
- 2nd place at the World Sambo Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|32 matches||21 wins||10 losses|
|Win||21–10 (1)||Andreas Kraniotakes||TKO (punches)||Fight Nights: Battle in Minsk||November 29, 2013||2||3:14||Minsk, Belarus|
|Win||20–10 (1)||Mike Kyle||Decision (unanimous)||World Series of Fighting 5||September 14, 2013||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||19–10 (1)||Anthony Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||World Series of Fighting 2||March 23, 2013||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19–9 (1)||Mike Hayes||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Nights:
Battle of Moscow 9
|December 16, 2012||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||18–9 (1)||Devin Cole||TKO (punches)||World Series of Fighting 1||November 3, 2012||1||2:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WSOF Debut|
|NC||17–9 (1)||Tim Sylvia||NC (illegal soccer kicks)||ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation||August 31, 2012||2||4:46||Quezon City, Philippines|
|Win||17–9||Travis Fulton||KO (head kick)||ProElite II||November 5, 2011||3||4:59||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||16–9||Ray Lopez||TKO (punches)||ProElite I||August 27, 2011||3||2:43||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||15–9||Sergei Kharitonov||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva||February 12, 2011||1||2:49||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||15–8||Antonio Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||May 15, 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||15–7||Brett Rogers||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||1||0:22||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Strikeforce Debut.|
|Loss||15–6||Fedor Emelianenko||KO (punch)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||January 24, 2009||1||3:14||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||15–5||Roy Nelson||KO (punch)||EliteXC: Heat||October 4, 2008||2||1:46||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||14–5||Ben Rothwell||KO (punches)||Affliction: Banned||July 19, 2008||3||1:13||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||13–5||Jake O'Brien||TKO (punches)||UFC 82||March 1, 2008||2||4:17||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||12–5||Fabricio Werdum||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 70||April 21, 2007||3||5:00||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Win||11–5||Márcio Cruz||TKO (punches)||UFC 66||December 30, 2006||1||3:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Tim Sylvia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 61||July 8, 2006||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||10–4||Tim Sylvia||TKO (punches)||UFC 59||April 15, 2006||1||2:43||Anaheim, California, United States||Lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10–3||Paul Buentello||KO (punch)||UFC 55||October 7, 2005||1||0:15||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–3||Justin Eilers||TKO (punches)||UFC 53||June 4, 2005||1||4:10||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Defended the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship; Later promoted to UFC Heavyweight Champion.|
|Win||8–3||Tim Sylvia||Submission (achilles lock)||UFC 51||February 5, 2005||1||0:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–3||Wesley Correira||TKO (punches)||UFC 47||April 2, 2004||2||1:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–3||Vladimir Matyushenko||KO (punch)||UFC 44||September 26, 2003||1||2:10||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–3||Ian Freeman||TKO (punches)||UFC 40||November 22, 2002||1||1:25||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||4–3||Pedro Rizzo||KO (punches)||UFC 36||March 22, 2002||3||1:45||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Ricco Rodriguez||TKO (punches)||UFC 32||June 29, 2001||3||1:23||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–1||Aaron Brink||Submission (armbar)||UFC 28||November 17, 2000||1||0:55||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||UFC Debut.|
|Win||3–1||John Dixson||KO (punches)||Super Fight||May 13, 2000||1||0:13||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||2–1||Roman Zentsov||TKO (punches)||M-1 MFC - European Championship 2000||April 9, 2000||1||1:18||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||1–1||Michael Tielrooy||Submission (guillotine choke)||M-1 MFC - European Championship 2000||April 9, 2000||1||1:25||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||0–1||Viacheslav Datsik||KO (punch)||M-1 MFC - World Championship 1999||April 9, 1999||1||6:05||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
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- Universal Soldier: Regeneration at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Andrei Arlovski web site
- Professional MMA record for Andrei Arlovski from Sherdog
- Official Twitter site
- Official Myspace site
|New title||1st UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
February 5, 2005 – August 12, 2005
promoted to UFC Heavyweight Champion
Title next held byAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Title last held byFrank Mir
|11th UFC Heavyweight Champion
August 12, 2005 – April 15, 2006