Although Andrei Arlovski is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Anthony Johnson at WSOF 2 in February, the 34 year-old is as dedicated as ever, in proving his critics wrong and reasserting his presence as a top tier heavyweight. Of course, observers have written him off in the past, as following his KO loss to Sergei Kharitonov in February, 2011, there were widespread questions as to whether his fighting career might be over. Arlovski rebounded with four straight wins.
As Arlovski gets set to fight Mike Pyle at WSOF 5 this Saturday, the former UFC champ relayed to MMA Junkie.com Radio that not only is he hoping to get back into the title shot mix, he’s hoping to do so in the UFC.
“I have only one personal goal: a champion’s belt around my waist, and that’s it,” said the former UFC champ, who lost the promotion’s title to Tim Sylvia in 2006. “I will do everything possible to be champion again, and I will do everything possible. That’s why I train with Greg Jackson and other top fighters in MMA. Greg and other coaches helps me every day to reach my goal.”
“It’s the main goal,” Arlovski said. “UFC has the best heavyweight division right now. But my first step is a victory over Mike, so I’m looking forward to Sept. 14, and we’ll see what happens after. But the UFC is the best organization in MMA right now.”
Arlovski has said in the past he’s driving to get back to the UFC, and evidently that hasn’t changed, despite the fact he’s headlined several WSOF shows now. It’s a big fight for “The Pitbull”, as not only does he need to get back on the winning track, but most people are likely expecting him to win.
WSOF 5 will be hosted by the Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, and will be broadcast live on The NBC Sports Network. Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy for all your coverage.