A little less than two years ago, fans had written off former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski after “The Pitbull” suffered a quartet of consecutive losses including three by way of strikes. However, the 33-year old has battle back to show he still has some gas left in the tank and his jaw may not be as irreparably damaged as many seem to believe.
The 19-9 Arlovski picked up his fourth win in a row this past weekend when he outpointed Bellator veteran Mike Hayes at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 9. His success against Hayes came as the result of superior stand-up and a few well-timed takedowns, avoiding any real trouble throughout the tilt despite his opponent’s occasionally aggressive approach.
The victory would have been Arlovski’s fifth straight, though his August smashing of Tim Sylvia was ruled a No Contest after the big Belarusian landed an illegal soccer kick due to some confusion about the bout’s rules. The decision win was only the second of Arlovski’s career, racking up seventeen stoppages prior to the triumph.
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