According to Steve Seivert of Brawl Sports former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski may not be fighting anytime soon due to ongoing contract negotiations with the UFC. Here’s an excerpt from his article on the situation:
“…comments such as “where else is he going to go” and the contract “has to make sense for us” send a clear message as to who has the upper hand in the ongoing negotiations. The UFC won’t book Arlovski until the contract issue is resolved. The harsh reality is he’s a mediocre 2-2 in his last four and just hasn’t been impressive since 2005. A year ago, the UFC couldn’t afford to let Arlovski walk. Today, the heavyweight division has ample fire power, and doesn’t need Arlovski to make big fights.
Arlovski could look to EliteXC as an option. He’d be a huge “get” for that organization and instantly be the top dog.”
Although Seivert (as well as myself) believe the UFC will ultimately end up re-signing Arlovski do you think the UFC could afford to lose him as both a top heavyweight fighter and a personality that is able to draw lots of attention from fans?
For now it appears his next UFC fight is indefinitely on hold but I will keep you up to speed on the situation as it progresses.