Simply put, there isn’t anyone that’s done it like quite like Andrei Arlovski.
The legendary heavyweight fighter made his UFC debut back at UFC 28 in 2000 and over the last 21-plus years he’s done just about everything he can inside the Octagon. Arlovski’s 35 fights are the most in UFC heavyweight history and his 20 wins are the most by any UFC heavyweight.
Let’s not forget that in 2005 Arlovski became the interim UFC heavyweight champion, defended his interim title and then defended his undisputed title. “The Pit Bull” has always been a force once that cage door locked and has stayed at the top of the game for longer than pretty much anyone.
At UFC Fight Night: Ladd vs Dumont, Arlovski will step into the Octagon with plans to add another highlight to his resume when he faces Carlos Felipe.
Take a look back at some of Arlovski’s greatest hits as we get closer to his next bout.
Andrei Arlovski vs Vladimir Matyushenko
UFC 44 – September 9, 2003
Arlovski had his hands full when he faced Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 44. It was a good test for the relatively green heavyweight (5-3 at the time) and was also a forecast of things to come.
Arlovski and Matyushenko battled for much of the first round, engaging in the clinch and trading big strikes until Arlovski landed a huge uppercut that stopped Matyushenko in his tracks. Matyushenko covered up before Arlovski could inflict too much more damage and that was all she wrote.
Andrei Arlovski vs Tim Sylvia
UFC 51 – February 5, 2005
47 seconds is all Arlovski needed to claim the interim UFC heavyweight title. Arlovski dropped Sylvia quickly with nice right hand, followed his opponent to the ground and went straight for a heel hook.
What a way to claim the belt.
Andrei Arlovski vs Paul Buentello
UFC 55 – October 7, 2005
Arlovski only needed one punch to defend his UFC heavyweight title. Just 15 seconds. Arlovski connected with a picture-perfect straight right to the jaw of Buentello that dropped him that ended the bout.
The crowd wasn’t happy at the time, but it happened so quickly and in such an unusual manner, that they didn’t quite see the punch that took care of business. A truly incredible performance for Arlovski that will go down as one of the best knockouts of his career.
Andrei Arlovski vs Antonio Silva
UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs Arlovski 2 – September 13, 2014
Arlovski avenged his Strikeforce loss to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a big way, knocking Silva out in the first round of their main event in Brazil.
Arlovski connected with two right hands in a row that put Silva down and followed up with hammer fists that put Silva completely out. It was violent and it was vintage Arlovski.
Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne
UFC 187- May 23, 2015
It took less than a minute for Arlovski to get going against Travis Browne, as he hurt Browne with a nice uppercut followed by a furious flurry of strikes, but Browne was able to survive the onslaught and regain his composure. No one in the audience was ready for what was next.
Arlovski stung Browne multiple times, leaving Browne on wobbly legs before dropping him with a back-handed hammerfist-hook combo. But as Arlovski hunted for the finish, he left himself open for a huge overhand right from Browne that sent “The Pit Bull” to the canvas. Arlovski regained his footing quickly and started pouring the punishment on Browne until referee Mark Smith was forced to stop the bout.
It was a wild one and definitely one of Arlovski’s best performances.