Andrei Arlovski Planning On Staying With World Series Of Fighting
"I really appreciate the World Series of Fighting for the opportunity to fight in Vegas. It's been awhile since I've fought in Vegas, probably five or six years," Arlovski told CageReligion.com on Wednesday. "It's important to me right now that the World Series of Fighting is giving me this opportunity in my career. I'll try to put on a good show. Am I interested to keep fighting for the World Series of Fighting? Of course. It's a great opportunity for me."
After leaving the UFC in 2008, Arlovski (17-9, 1 NC) has popped up all over the MMA map, including stints with EliteXC, Affliction, Strikeforce, ProElite and most recently, ONE FC.
A pair of knockout wins over Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson in 2008 put Arlovski atop the heavyweight rankings, positing himself in line for a shot at the seemingly untouchable Fedor Emelianenko under the Affliction banner.
Unfortunately for the former UFC heavyweight champ, a knockout loss to Emelianenko triggered a four-fight losing skid, which included vicious knockouts at the hands of Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov in Strikeforce.
Arlovski recently bounced back with a pair of stoppage victories over Ray Lopez and Travis Fulton, later fighting to a no-contest with longtime rival Tim Sylvia after landing an illegal soccer kick.
The 33-year-old now takes on Strikeforce vet Devin Cole (20-9-1) in the main event of World Series of Fighting 1 on November 3. Much like Arlovski, Cole holds half of his victories by way of knockout and finds himself coming off of back-to-back victories.
World Series of Fighting 1 takes place at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resprt & Casino and airs live on NBC Sports — formerly the versus channel.