Andrei Valeryevich Arlovski (Belarusian: Андрэй Валер'евіч Арлоўскі, Belarusian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛj vaˈlʲɛrɛvitʃ arˈlɔwski], born 4 February 1979) is a Belarusian mixed martial artist, actor and former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He has also competed for Strikeforce, WSOF, Affliction, EliteXC, ONE FC and M-1 Challenge. He currently fights in the UFC Heavyweight division.
|Born||4 February 1979|
Babruysk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union (now Belarus)
|Native name||Андрей Валерьевич Орловский|
|Other names||The Pitbull|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||246 lb (112 kg; 17 st 8 lb)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Sambo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||International Master of Sport in Sambo|
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Years active||1999–present (MMA)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: 30 September 2011
Arlovski was born in Babruisk, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (now Belarus). When he was younger, bullies often picked on him and beat him up. In 1994, when he was 14 years old, he had finally had enough and started lifting weights to put on muscle and, he hoped, to help him deal with these bullies. Arlovski only took up martial arts at the age of 16 in sports such as Sambo, Judo and Kickboxing.
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 opponent. In 1999, Arlovski won the European Youth Sambo Championship and the World Youth Championship. Not long after, Arlovski became the first Master of Sports and then International Master of Sports. He took a silver medal at the Sambo World Cup and another silver medal at the World Sambo Championship.
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 9 April 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 KO victory.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Arlovski made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 28, 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 then 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 5 February 2005, at UFC 51, 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 Achilles 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 4 June 2005, at UFC 53, against Justin Eilers. Arlovski won the bout by TKO in the first round. After the fight, it was revealed that Eilers had suffered extensive injuries, 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 against top contender Paul Buentello. Arlovski knocked out Buentello in 15 seconds of the opening round. On 12 August 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 on 15 April 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 8 July 2006, at UFC 61. 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 revealed Sylvia had sustained an injury as he fainted at his hotel room and upon hospital examination, doctors discovered a concussion.
Arlovski made his next appearance on 30 December 2006, at UFC 66 against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Márcio Cruz. After being taken down, he kicked Cruz in the shoulder (which is legal), but it was mistaken for a head kick (which is illegal) by referee Herb Dean. 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, Arlovski struck Cruz with a strong blow to the chin, then continued beating Cruz with hammerfists until the fight was stopped.
Arlovski fought PRIDE veteran and two-time world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Fabrício Werdum at UFC 70, winning 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 not fighting for the full fifteen minutes.
After 11 months of inactivity, Arlovski made his return to the octagon at UFC 82 and defeated Jake O'Brien by TKO in round two. It was O'Brien's first MMA loss and Arlovski's final fight on his UFC contract.
After leaving the UFC, Arlovski signed with the newly created MMA-promotion Affliction and participated in their inaugural event Affliction: Banned on 19 July 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 11 October 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 4 October 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 at that point.
In January 2009, Arlovski faced the last reigning PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. Arlovski looked exceptionally well prepared and focused but despite his encouraging early efforts, Arlovski lost the fight via KO in the opening round after jumping in with a very long range knee and being caught with an over-hand right punch.
On 6 June 2009, Arlovski fought up and coming heavyweight Brett Rogers at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. Arlovski lost the fight via TKO in the opening round. After the defeat, in October 2009, Arlovski began training with acclaimed MMA coach Greg Jackson. Arlovski was a featured attendee at Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers, where he was mobbed by a crowd of local Chicago fans. Arlovski was signed to Strikeforce and fought former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antônio Silva on 15 May 2010, at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. Following 3 rounds of hard-hitting punches from both and with neither fighter giving in to the other, Arlovski lost by unanimous decision.
Arlovski was defeated by Sergei Kharitonov via KO on 12 February 2011, as part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. It was his fourth straight loss, three of which were by way of KO. On 17 February 2011, Arlovski posted a video on his website in which he spoke for over an hour, repeatedly saying that he would absolutely not retire. Arlovski indicated that his trainers had recommended that he retire; however, Greg Jackson was against his retirement. Arlovski dedicated himself to training exclusively with Greg Jackson in New Mexico to refocus on his MMA career and make the necessary changes to get back on track.
After several months of grueling training schedule in New Mexico with Greg Jackson and the likes of Jon Jones, Shane Carwin, and Travis Browne, Arlovski headlined ProElite 1 on 27 August at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii against heavyweight Ray Lopez. Arlovski won by TKO in the third round after dominating Lopez throughout the fight.
Arlovski faced off against veteran of over 300 fights Travis Fulton at ProElite 2 in November, serving as the co-main event. Arlovski won the fight via head kick KO in the final second of the third round. It was a knockout which caused Fulton, who had never been knocked out, to regain consciousness about 5 minutes after the fight was stopped. Fulton later admitted to Arlovski in the locker room that he has never been hit that hard in all of his 300 bouts.
ONE Fighting Championship
In mid-July 2012, it was announced that Arlovski had signed with the Asia-based promotion ONE Fighting Championship. Originally Arlvoski was scheduled to fight Soa Palelei but Soa Palelei was later replaced with Tim Sylvia. The promotion quickly announced that Arlovski would face Tim Sylvia in his debut, marking the fourth time the two fighters had faced each other.
Arlovski and Sylvia faced off at ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation on 31 August 2012, in Manila. The fight between Arlovski and Tim Sylvia ended in a no-contest due to an illegal soccer kick by Arlovski. According to ONE FC rules, soccer kicks are legal only if the referee clears the fighter to do so after determining the grounded fighter can still intelligently defend himself. Arlovski received no such clearance and the kick was therefore deemed illegal. Four days later, One FC eliminated this restriction. This rule change, had it been enforced prior to the bout, would have resulted in Arlovki winning by TKO. Arlovski had knocked Tim Sylvia down with punches before he landed the illegal kicks that caused the referee to stop the fight.
World Series of Fighting
Arlovski headlined the debut event from the World Series of Fighting against fellow Strikeforce veteran Devin Cole on 3 November 2012, at World Series of Fighting 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event aired live on NBC Sports. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Arlovski fought Anthony Johnson in the main event at World Series of Fighting 2 on 23 March 2013. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Controversy arose after the fight when it was revealed that multiple rounds exceeded the five-minute time limit. The punch believed to have broken Arlovski's jaw was landed after the time at which the round should have ended.
Arlovski was also scheduled to fight 2 time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion and veteran of over 60 fights Jeff Monson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 2 February 2013, but the event was postponed.
Return to UFC
On 24 April 2014, it was confirmed by multiple MMA media websites that Arlovski had been granted his release from WSOF to return to UFC. The former heavyweight champion fought Brendan Schaub at UFC 174 on 14 June 2014. Arlovski was victorious in his return to the UFC, defeating Schaub via split decision (28–29, 29–28, and 29–28).
It was announced that Arlovski would be facing Antônio Silva in a rematch on 13 September 2014, at UFC Fight Night 51. Despite being a heavy betting underdog, Arlovski won the fight via knockout in the first round, after landing two consecutive right hands that dropped Silva and subsequent hammerfists on the ground with Silva unable to defend himself. This win also won Arlovski his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Arlovski faced Travis Browne on 23 May 2015, at UFC 187. Despite being a heavy underdog and being knocked down in the first round, Arlovski stunned Browne multiple times throughout the opening minutes, and eventually won the fight via TKO in the first round. Post-fight, Joe Rogan revealed in commentary that Arlovski came close to withdrawing from the fight due to a calf injury in training. The win also earned Arlovski his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Arlovski faced Frank Mir on 5 September 2015, at UFC 191, winning by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 30–27) in a fight which many, including UFC president Dana White, thought Mir won. 12 of 15 media outlets, however, scored the bout in favor of Arlovski.
Arlovski next faced Josh Barnett on 3 September 2016, at UFC Fight Night 93. He lost the fight via submission in the third round, resulting in his first submission loss in his professional MMA career. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.
After five consecutive defeats, Arlovski relocated his training to American Top Team.
Arlovski faced Stefan Struve on 4 March 2018 at UFC 222. He won the fight by unanimous decision. In the fight, Arlovski landed a career-best 4 takedowns, more than his entire career total up to that time (3) combined.
Arlovski faced Walt Harris on 29 December 2018 at UFC 232. He lost the fight via split decision. The result was overturned to no contest after Harris tested positive for prohibited substance LGB4033, a selective androgen receptor module (SARM).
Arlovski resides in Chicago with his wife, son and their pitbull terrier Maximus. He is an Orthodox Christian. Arlovski did a public service announcement against dog fighting featuring Maximus and calling it inhumane and torture. Arlovski said he chose his nickname The Pitbull for the positive qualities these dogs have.
Movie and television career
Arlovski's movie debut was in 8 of Diamonds in 2006. He starred in Universal Soldier: Regeneration in 2009, along with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. In the movie, he plays an "NGU", a new generation UniSol in the main "bad guy" role. The movie was released directly to video on 2 February 2010, in the United States. Arlovski also played a part in the next Universal Soldier movie — Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, released in theaters on 30 November 2012, and on demand on 25 October 2012.
In 2015, Arlovski appeared on the TV show Limitless in episode 7 "Brian Finch's Black Op". Arlovski played the role of a suspected terrorist hunted by the CIA. The show originally aired 3 November 2015.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship (One time; first)
- One successful title defense
- Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Josh Barnett and Travis Browne
- Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Antônio Silva
- Most wins in UFC heavyweight history (17)
- Most fights in UFC heavyweight history (30)
- Highest takedown defense success in UFC heavyweight history (88.4%)
- Combat Press
- 2015 May Fight of the Month vs. Travis Browne
- 2015 Round of the Year vs. Travis Browne, round 1
- European Youth Sambo
- European Youth Sambo Champion
- World Cup
- 2nd place in the World Cup in Sambo
- World Sambo Championship
- 2nd place at the World Sambo Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|49 matches||28 wins||19 losses|
|Loss||28–19 (2)||Jairzinho Rozenstruik||KO (punch)||UFC 244||2 November 2019||1||0:29||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||28–18 (2)||Ben Rothwell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards||20 July 2019||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||27–18 (2)||Augusto Sakai||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson||27 April 2019||3||5:00||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|NC||27–17 (2)||Walt Harris||NC (overturned)||UFC 232||29 December 2018||3||5:00||Inglewood, California, United States||Originally a split decision win for Harris; overturned after he tested positive for LGD-4033.|
|Loss||27–17 (1)||Shamil Abdurakhimov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oliynyk||15 September 2018||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||27–16 (1)||Tai Tuivasa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 225||9 June 2018||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||27–15 (1)||Stefan Struve||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 222||3 March 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||26–15 (1)||Júnior Albini||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis||11 November 2017||3||5:00||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||25–15 (1)||Marcin Tybura||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia||17 June 2017||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Loss||25–14 (1)||Francis Ngannou||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña||28 January 2017||1||1:32||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||25–13 (1)||Josh Barnett||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett||3 September 2016||3||2:53||Hamburg, Germany||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||25–12 (1)||Alistair Overeem||TKO (crane kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski||8 May 2016||2||1:12||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||25–11 (1)||Stipe Miocic||TKO (punches)||UFC 195||2 January 2016||1||0:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||25–10 (1)||Frank Mir||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 191||5 September 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||24–10 (1)||Travis Browne||TKO (punches)||UFC 187||23 May 2015||1||4:41||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||23–10 (1)||Antônio Silva||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Arlovski||13 September 2014||1||2:59||Brasília, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||22–10 (1)||Brendan Schaub||Decision (split)||UFC 174||14 June 2014||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||21–10 (1)||Andreas Kraniotakes||TKO (punches)||Fight Nights: Battle in Minsk||29 November 2013||2||3:14||Minsk, Belarus|
|Win||20–10 (1)||Mike Kyle||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 5||14 September 2013||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||19–10 (1)||Anthony Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 2||23 March 2013||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19–9 (1)||Mike Hayes||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 9||16 December 2012||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||18–9 (1)||Devin Cole||TKO (punches)||WSOF 1||3 November 2012||1||2:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|NC||17–9 (1)||Tim Sylvia||NC (illegal soccer kicks)||One FC 5: Pride of a Nation||31 August 2012||2||4:46||Quezon City, Philippines|
|Win||17–9||Travis Fulton||KO (head kick)||ProElite 2: Big Guns||5 November 2011||3||4:59||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||16–9||Ray Lopez||TKO (punches)||ProElite: Arlovski vs. Lopez||27 August 2011||3||2:43||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||15–9||Sergei Kharitonov||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva||12 February 2011||1||2:49||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||15–8||Antônio Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||15 May 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||15–7||Brett Rogers||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||6 June 2009||1||0:22||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||15–6||Fedor Emelianenko||KO (punch)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||24 January 2009||1||3:14||Anaheim, California, United States||For the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15–5||Roy Nelson||KO (punch)||EliteXC: Heat||4 October 2008||2||1:46||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||14–5||Ben Rothwell||KO (punches)||Affliction: Banned||19 July 2008||3||1:13||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||13–5||Jake O'Brien||TKO (punches)||UFC 82||1 March 2008||2||4:17||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||12–5||Fabrício Werdum||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 70||21 April 2007||3||5:00||Manchester, England|
|Win||11–5||Márcio Cruz||TKO (punches)||UFC 66||30 December 2006||1||3:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Tim Sylvia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 61||8 July 2006||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||10–4||Tim Sylvia||TKO (punches)||UFC 59||15 April 2006||1||2:43||Anaheim, California, United States||Lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10–3||Paul Buentello||KO (punch)||UFC 55||7 October 2005||1||0:15||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–3||Justin Eilers||TKO (punches)||UFC 53||4 June 2005||1||4:10||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Defended the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Later promoted to undisputed champion.|
|Win||8–3||Tim Sylvia||Submission (achilles lock)||UFC 51||5 February 2005||1||0:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–3||Wesley Correira||TKO (punches)||UFC 47||2 April 2004||2||1:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–3||Vladimir Matyushenko||KO (punch)||UFC 44||26 September 2003||1||2:10||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–3||Ian Freeman||TKO (punches)||UFC 40||22 November 2002||1||1:25||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||4–3||Pedro Rizzo||KO (punches)||UFC 36||22 March 2002||3||1:45||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Ricco Rodriguez||TKO (punches)||UFC 32||29 June 2001||3||1:23||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–1||Aaron Brink||Submission (armbar)||UFC 28||17 November 2000||1||0:55||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–1||John Dixson||KO (punches)||Super Fight||13 May 2000||1||0:13||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||2–1||Roman Zentsov||TKO (punches and knees)||M-1 MFC: European Championship 2000||9 April 2000||1||1:18||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||1–1||Michael Tielrooy||Submission (guillotine choke)||M-1 MFC: European Championship 2000||9 April 2000||1||1:25||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||0–1||Viacheslav Datsik||KO (punch)||M-1 MFC: World Championship 1999||9 April 1999||1||6:05||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
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|New title|| 1st UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
5 February 2005 – 12 August 2005
promoted to UFC Heavyweight Champion
Title next held byAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Title last held byFrank Mir
| 11th UFC Heavyweight Champion
12 August 2005 – 15 April 2006