World Series of Fighting main eventer Andrei Arlovski aspires for bigger things than being the biggest name in the new promotion. The former UFC champion wants to make one more run at that same championship before his career is over, but does he have a realistic chance of making that run?

Well, let’s look at some recent data on “The Pit Bull” in an attempt to determine the answer to that question.

Arlovski is currently on a four-fight winning streak, which could be argued as being a five-fight streak based on unclear ONE FC soccer kick rules that led to a no-contest in his fight with Tim Sylvia. Because the UFC brass often looks at a fighter that may have been robbed of a decision from the judges or due to poor judgement on the part of the referee and awards them their win bonus regardless of the official outcome of their fight, we’ll play the part of the UFC here and look at the no-contest in a similar light. However, a victory over a then 36-year-old Sylvia really isn’t anything to brag about. In fact, none of his recent victories have been anything to write home about. But even with that being said, winning these fights is a step in the right direction.

But as nice as the five-fight undefeated stretch is, it should be considered as makeup on a black eye. In 2009, “The Pit Bull” fought the first of three fights with Strikeforce. He dropped three straight inside the Strikeforce cage, losing to Brett Rogers, Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov. This came on the heels of losing to Fedor Emelianenko. Add it all up and what you have is a four-fight losing streak. Realistically, Arlovski could have came out of those four fights with a 2-2 record, but the fact that he went 0-4 nearly showed the world that he was washed up.

Looking ahead to this Saturday night, Arlovski takes on Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. This will be the biggest name to oppose “The Pit Bull” since his winning streak started. But even so, it comes with an asterisk.

Like his opponent, Rumble made a name for himself fighting in the UFC. Unlike his opponent, however, it was at welterweight. But the reason that he has made headlines was not due to the fact that he was a welterweight, but rather the fact that he struggled to make weight. Johnson twice missed the welterweight mark by at least five pounds, and in his lone promotional attempt at middleweight—a division with an even heavier maximum weight restriction—he missed by a whopping 11 pounds. The UFC had enough of it after the third failed cut and released him. Titan FC signed the free agent. But old habits die hard, and Rumble missed weight again in his debut with the promotion, resulting in a 195-pound catchweight fight, rather than a middleweight bout. He made weight his last two fights, but those took place at light heavyweight. Now, he takes on Arlovski in his debut at heavyweight, a weight class that the Belarusian has fought at his entire career.

To play a hypothetical game, if Arlovski is able to emerge victorious against Johnson, does it even mean anything in terms of making his way back to the UFC? Sure, it is a step in the right direction, as winning has a way of making things better. But simultaneously, UFC President Dana White most likely won’t be chomping at the bit to get him back inside the Octagon.

If Arlovski truly wants to make another UFC title run, he needs to take down a marquee heavyweight, not a high-profile fighter making his heavyweight debut. Achieving that is going to be difficult, based on the fact that the UFC has cornered the market on today’s best heavyweights.

Fans will be able to tell stories of the glory days when Arlovski ruled the heavyweight division, but that is in the past. In order for “The Pit Bull” to make another run at the UFC heavyweight championship, he has a lot of work to do. We should never say never, but at this rate, Arlovski will never be able to earn his way back inside the Octagon.

Photo: Andrei Arlovski celebrates (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

About The Author

Brian McKenna
Staff Writer

Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.