Leading up to his 2005 title-fight with Tim Sylvia, Arlovski had been knocking opponents out left and right. However, “The Pitbull” made it clear his Sambo background was about more than striking with a quick Achilles Lock finish of the man he would end up facing three more times in his career. Arlovski followed the win up with two knockout victories before re-encountering Sylvia and suffering a strike-based stoppage.
Heavyweight journeyman Andrei Arlovski has been a force in Mixed Martial Arts for more than a decade, holding UFC gold in the organization’s heyday and stringing together some solid performances outside of the Octagon after deciding to give free agency a go. While he isn’t the fighter he once was, the 19-10 Arlovski remains dangerous and plans to prove such tonight at WSOF 5 where he faces Mike Kyle. It will mark one in a string of notable match-ups “The Pitbull” has encountered in an extremely memorable career. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)