|Association||Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts|
|Height||6' 4" (194 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo|
|Birth Date||February 4, 1979|
|Fighting Out Of||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski is a Belarusian mixed martial artist who competes at Heavyweight. Arlovski' is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion as well as a WAMMA heavyweight title contender.
|Record||19 - 10 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw) (1 NC)|
|Loss||Anthony Johnson||Decision (Unanimous)||WSOF 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson||3/23/2013||3||5:00|
|Win||Mike Hayes||Decision (Unanimos)||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 9||12/6/2012||3||5:00|
|Win||Devin Cole||TKO (Punches)||WSOF 1: Arlovski vs. Cole||11/3/2012||1||2:37|
|NC||Tim Sylvia||NC (Kick to Grounded Opponent)||One FC 5: Pride of a Nation||8/31/2012||2||4:46|
|Win||Travis Fulton||KO (Head Kick)||ProElite 2: Big Guns||11/5/2011||3||4:59|
|Win||Ray Lopez||TKO (Punches)||ProElite: Arlovski vs. Lopez||8/27/2011||3||2:43|
|Loss||Sergei Kharitonov||KO (Punches)||Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva||2/12/2011||1||2:49|
|Loss||Antonio Silva||Decision (Unanimos)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||5/15/2010||3||5:00|
|Loss||Brett Rogers||TKO (Punches)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||6/6/2009||1||0:22|
|Loss||Fedor Emelianenko||KO (Punch)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||1/24/2009||1||3:14||For WAMMA Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Roy Nelson||KO (Punch)||EliteXC: Heat||10/4/2008||2||3:14||Became #1 Contender for WAMMA Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Ben Rothwell||KO (Punches)||Affliction: Banned||7/19/2008||3||1:13|
|Win||Jake O'Brien||TKO (Punches)||UFC 82: Pride of a Champion||3/1/2008||2||4:17|
|Win||Fabricio Werdum||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 70: Nations Collide||4/21/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Marcio Cruz||KO (Punches)||UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II||12/30/2006||1||3:15|
|Loss||Tim Sylvia||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||7/8/2006||5||5:00||For UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||Tim Sylvia||TKO (Punches)||UFC 59: Reality Check||4/15/2006||1||2:43||Lost UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Paul Buentello||KO (Punch)||UFC 55: Fury||10/7/2005||1||0:15||Defended UFC Heavyweight Championship; Promoted from interim to UFC Heavyweight Champion in August 2005|
|Win||Justin Eilers||TKO (Punches)||UFC 53: Heavy Hitters||6/4/2005||1||4:10||Defended Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Tim Sylvia||Submission (Achilles Lock)||UFC 51: Super Saturday||2/5/2005||1||0:47||Won Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Wesley Correira||TKO (Punches)||UFC 47: It's On||4/2/2004||2||1:15|
|Win||Vladimir Matyushenko||KO (Punch)||UFC 44: Undisputed||9/26/2003||1||1:59|
|Win||Ian Freeman||TKO (Punches)||UFC 40: Vendetta||11/22/2002||1||1:25|
|Loss||Pedro Rizzo||KO (Punches)||UFC 36: Worlds Collide||3/22/2002||3||1:45|
|Loss||Ricco Rodriguez||TKO (Punches)||UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands||6/29/2001||3||1:23|
|Win||Aaron Brink||Submission (Armbar)||UFC 28: High Stakes||11/17/2000||1||0:55|
|Win||John Dixon||KO (Punches)||SFIT: Super Fight at International Tournament||5/13/2000||1||N/A|
|Win||Roman Zentsov||TKO (Punches)||M-1 MFC: European Championship 2000||4/9/2000||1||1:18||Won the 2000 M-1 MFC-European Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Michael Tielrooy||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||M-1 MFC: European Championship 2000||4/9/2000||1||1:25|
|Loss||Viacheslav Datsik||KO (Punch)||M-1 MFC: World Championship 1999||4/9/1999||1||6:05|
Arlovski was born and raised in Minsk, in the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic of the former USSR, now Belarus. When he was younger, bullies often picked on him and beat him up. In 1994, when he was 14 years old, he finally had enough and started lifting weights to put on muscle and, he hoped, to help him deal with these bullies. Andrei only took up martial arts at the age of 16 having previously been interested in soccer. It was an interest in personal fitness and conditioning that led Arlovski to take an interest in combat sports.
Enrolling at the police academy in Minsk, Arlovski combined his interest in a career in law enforcement with his growing martial arts participation by taking up the required police defense course in Sambo, and quickly showed himself to be a highly competent Sambo exponent. In 1999, Andrei won the European Youth Sambo Championship and the World Youth Championship. Not long after, Andrei became the first Master of Sports, and then International Master of Sports. He also took a silver medal at the Sambo World Cup and another silver medal at the World Sambo Championship.
Arlovski began taking a greater interest in other martial arts, studying kickboxing and developing his striking skills to complement his Sambo-based grappling abilities.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
At the age of 20, Arlovski began his professional MMA career at the Mix Fight M-1 in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 9, 1999.
It was a fairly inauspicious start, losing by KO to Viacheslav Datsik. Not deterred, Arlovski returned in 2000 to M-1 Global at the European Championships, taking the heavyweight crown with a submission victory and a TKO victory.
Arlovski made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at UFC 28: High Stakes, defeating Aaron Brink by submission. He was then thrown in against top opposition, losing to future UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez and heavyweight contender Pedro Rizzo. Despite those early defeats, wins over future British Cage Rage light heavyweight champion Ian Freeman, and future IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko propelled Arlovski back into the UFC elite.
In 2004, a motorcycle accident injury suffered by the at the time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir led to the creation of an interim heavyweight title. It was decided that the two top heavyweight contenders would meet to declare the interim champion, and on February 5, 2005 at UFC 51: Super Saturday, Arlovski faced former heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia. In the fight, Arlovski eventually connected with an overhand right and dropped Sylvia. On the ground, Arlovski followed up with an ankle lock that forced Sylvia to tap out at 47 seconds of the first round, making Arlovski the new UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Arlovski went on to defend his interim title on June 4, 2005 at UFC 53: Heavy Hitters, against Justin Eilers. Andrei won the bout by TKO in the first round. After the fight, it was revealed that Eilers suffered extensive injuries in this match including a badly broken nose, two broken hands and a complete ACL tear.
In October 2005, Arlovski once again defended his title at UFC 55: Fury against top contender Paul Buentello. Arlovski knocked out Buentello in 15 seconds of the opening round. On August 12, 2005, the UFC announced that it now recognized Arlovski as the undisputed heavyweight champion, as Frank Mir had not fully rehabilitated from his motorcycle accident.
In a rematch with Tim Sylvia at UFC 59: Reality Check on April 15, 2006, Arlovski knocked Sylvia down with a right hand punch early in the first round. Sylvia was able to protect himself and recovered almost immediately. While Arlovski tried to finish Sylvia with a right lead, Sylvia countered with a short right uppercut to the chin, knocking Arlovski to the mat. Sylvia followed up with punches on the ground until referee Herb Dean stopped the match at 2:43 of the first round.
The rubber match between Tim Sylvia and Arlovski took place on July 8, 2006, at UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. In what turned out to be a 5 round battle of attrition, neither fighter was able to KO the other, or even land any truly significant blows. In the end Sylvia won the fight by unanimous decision. It was later discovered that during the fight, Arlovski had been significantly injured by a checked leg kick sometime in the second round which left him unable to throw kicks of his own or make any takedown attempts. When confronted by a reporter about the injury, Arlovski avoided responding directly and would only say "I do not want to talk about my injuries or look for any other excuses." Not too long after it was also revealed Sylvia had sustained an injury as he fainted at his hotel room, and upon hospital examination, doctors discovered a concussion undetected after the match.
Arlovski made his next appearance on December 30, 2006, at UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2 against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Marcio Cruz. After being taken down, he illegally kicked Cruz in the head. When the referee intervened, he decided, because of Cruz's insistence, to allow both fighters to stay on the ground as opposed to standing them up, as is the general practice. Thereafter, Arloski struck Cruz with a strong blow to the chin, then continued beating Cruz with hammerfists until the fight was stopped.
Arlovski fought PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran and two-time world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70: Nations Collide and won by unanimous decision. Both fighters kept their distance for the majority of the fight, causing the referee to inform them at the beginning of the third round that he would remove a point from the first fighter to retreat in that round. Although Arlovski won the fight by unanimous decision, many boos could be heard from the crowd. After the fight Arlovski apologized to the fans for fighting for the full fifteen minutes.
After 11 months of inactivity, Arlovski made his return to the octagon for the final time at UFC 82: Pride of a Champion and defeated Jake O'Brien by TKO in round two. With this win, Arlovski gave O'Brien his first ever MMA loss. This was Arlovski's final fight on his UFC contract.
Arlovski left the UFC with a record of 10-4.
After leaving the UFC, Arlovski signed with the newly created MMA-promotion Affliction, and participated in their inaugural event Affliction: Banned on July 19, 2008. He fought and defeated top ranked heavyweight fighter and former IFL heavyweight stand-out Ben Rothwell by KO in the final round of the fight, ending Rothwell's 13 fight win streak and giving him his first defeat in over 3 years.
Originally scheduled to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion and top-ranked heavyweight Josh Barnett in the main event at Affliction's second pay-per-view, Affliction: Day of Reckoning, on October 11, 2008, the event was rescheduled and Arlovski would instead be matched up against the last reigning IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson at EliteXC: Heat on October 4, 2008, in Sunrise, Florida in a co-promotion with EliteXC. Arlovski won the fight via KO in the second round and in the process became the only man to ever finish Nelson in his MMA career.
After earning the win over Nelson, Arlovksi was given a shot at the last reigning PRIDE and current WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Day of Reckoning on January 24, 2009, in Anaheim, California. He dictated the fight for the most part, early in the first round, using his Boxing skills to tag the Heavyweight sensation, only to go for a flying knee once he had Emelianenko corned in the ring, and get caught by a looping overhand right, ending with him out-cold, face down on the mat.
It was then announced mid-May 2009 that Arlovski would return to mixed martial arts, after a brief stint in Boxing, where he would take on up-and-coming heavyweight sensation Brett Rogers on June 6, 2009 at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. Roger had made a name fighting in EliteXC, before the promotion went under, as well as being very vocal in calling out feared street-brawler Kimbo Slice. The fight had major implications for the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Championship, and Rogers shocked all those in attendance by knocking Arlovski out at only 0:22 of the first round.
Arlovski began training with acclaimed MMA coach Greg Jackson after his loss to Rogers, in hopes to mix up his training regime. Arlovski was also a featured attendee at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers. According to Strikeforce, the plan was for Arlovski to particpate at a future Strikeforce event. It came to fruition as it was finally announced March 1, 2010 that Arlovski had signed to face former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Silva on May 15, 2010 at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. Arlovski was on a two fight slide, had changed training camps, and was in need of a win, but that win would not come, as Silva out-boxed and out-grappled his opponent to a Decision (Unanimous) victory, handing Arlovski his third consecutive loss.
Arlovski was defeated by Sergei Kharitonov via KO on February 12, 2011, in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. It was his fourth straight loss, three of which were by way of KO.
Arlovski next headlined the reformed ProElite at its inaugural ProElite: Arlovski vs. Lopez card on August 27, 2011 a in Honolulu, Hawaii against heavyweight Ray Lopez. Arlovski won by TKO in the third round after dominating Lopez throughout the fight.
Arlovski's boxing trainer Freddie Roach recently revealed that Arlovski will possibly cross-over into professional boxing. With at least five fights under his belt, possible opponents include WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev, current IBF, WBO, and IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and current WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Arlovski stars in the upcoming third Universal Soldier sequel, titled Universal Soldiers: The Next Generation (2009), along with action legends Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. In the movie, he plays a "NGU", a second generation UniSol. His character displays superhuman strength, speed, agility, endurance and a regenerative factor.
Arlovski currently lives and trains in Chicago, Illinois. He trains his boxing under boxing trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California, his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at POW Martial Arts in Chicago, Illinois and his wrestling at the Overtime Training Center in Naperville, Illinois.
Arlovski dated Playboy Cybergirl Patrycja Mikula for over two years before going their separate ways.
Ranks and Titles
- UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
- UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
- M-1 MFC-European Heavyweight Champion
- Master of Sport
- International Master of Sport
- European Youth Sambo Champion
- Silver medalist at the Sambo World Cup
- Silver medalist at the World Sambo Championship