When Arlovski met Fedor Emelianenko in Affliction it was a major deal. Both were seemingly at the top of their games and it was a super-fight of sorts for fans who had followed each heavyweight in the UFC and PRIDE respectively. Arlovski came out strong and seemed to have Emelianenko in trouble before the disastrous decision to go for a flying knee. “The Last Emperor” threw a perfectly-timed punch connecting right on the button and sent Arlovski down to the canvas, out cold. Arlovski would go on to drop three more fights in a row before getting back on his feet with a 4-1 run (and #5 potentially coming tonight at WSOF 5).
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)