Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski is a name that needs no introduction to MMA fans. He’s a former UFC heavyweight champion and has defeated some of the best fighters in the world that weigh in over 206 pounds.

However, since leaving the UFC, the Belarusian has encountered a mixed bag of results. After winning his first two fights outside the Octagon, Arlovski dropped four straight bouts. He’s since turned things around and will be in the main event for the first-ever World Series of Fighting card, set to take place Nov. 3 from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

“The Pitbull” took time away from training to speak to The MMA Corner about his upcoming fight.

“I’m very excited about the fight,” Arlovski said. “I’m honored to be in the main event, but right now I just want to stay busy no matter where it is on the card.”

Arlovski (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Arlovski will be taking on Devin Cole, a guy who doesn’t have a big name with fans, but is a Strikeforce veteran. Despite not being well known by the MMA community, Cole isn’t someone Arlovski is prepared to look past.

“I know he has good wrestling and I respect him as a fighter,” Arlovski said.

Still, “The Pitbull” doesn’t envision anything less than his hand being raised after the fight.

“He wants to win, but I need the victory more,” he said.

Perhaps one of the reasons Arlovski wants the victory is to silence his critics. Asked if he hears the naysayers that suggest that he’s done and can’t take a punch, Arlovski surprisingly didn’t give the cliched response.

“Those people need to shut your f***ing mouth. [Tim] Sylvia landed some good right hands and had me hurt at the first round, so obviously I can take a punch. It’s not like we are lightweights in there, we’re big guys,” Arlovski said.

Arlovski came back to drop Sylvia in the second round, but the fight was shrouded in controversy. Arlovski nailed Sylvia with a soccer kick before the referee gave him the “OK to attack” signal. Sylvia opted not to continue the fight after recovering, which resulted in the fight being labeled a no-contest rather than a win for “The Pitbull.”

Despite the controversy, Arlovski doesn’t have any immediate plans for a fifth encounter with Sylvia.

“There’s no more bad blood with him. You know, we won’t be friends, but we will say hi to one another. There’s no interest in fighting Sylvia again unless it’s something the fans want,” Arlovski said.

Arlovski (Martin Hooson/Sherdog)

Instead, Arlovski is focused on becoming one of the best heavyweights in the world once more. The phrase “world champion” was common in the minutes we spent talking to one another.

The former UFC champion will be in the upcoming movie Unviersal Soldier: A New Dimension, set to release in November, but he is focused on his MMA career.

“I like being in movies. It’s something that’s fun and easy money, but I need to make the choice of being a movie star or MMA star. Right now, that’s an easy choice for me. I’m more focused on my MMA career and becoming a world champion again,” Arlovski said.

Whether or not that means competing in the UFC is something Arlovski admits he’ll have to look at in the future.

“I’ll keep winning fights and we’ll have to discuss it in the future. Right now, I’m focused on the World Series of Fighting,” he explained.

Andrei would like to thank all the fans that have stuck by him, he appreciates all the support he receives. Follow him on Twitter: @AndreiArlovski

Photo: Andrei Arlovski (Martin Hooson/Sherdog)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.

  • Cam

    Good stuff, Andrei is still a top heavyweight IMO. It will be good seeing him on the WSOF card, the fact that it’s loaded and he’s headlining tells you all you need to know about his talent.