When Andrei Arlovski takes to the ring Hawaii next month for ProElite he will be likely be fighting for far more than a paycheck or victory – his future in MMA may very well be on the line as well. The former UFC heavyweight champ’s reputation, and chin, has taken some major hits over the past few years resulting in some public concern for his health after three particularly nasty knockout losses and a history of being separated from consciousness.
Adding to the necessity of a victory on August 27, it now appears Arlovski will face a relatively unknown opponent who usually enters the cage as a light heavyweight – Ray Lopez. However, while fans may not be familiar with his adversary, the 5-2 Lopez is definitely a threat to Arlovski’s hopes of righting his sinking ship as he’s finished all five of the opponents he’s beaten and notched a fairly fast TKO earlier this month on a King of the Cage card.
The match-up was first reported by MMAFighting and has since been confirmed by other outlets.
The 15-9 Arlovski hasn’t had his hands raised since a run in 2008 netting success against Jake O’Brien, Ben Rothwell, and Roy Nelson. Prior to his recent fall from grace the 32-year old Belarusian was considered to be one of the top fighters in the division with numerous finishes to his credit and wins over Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum.
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