Less than five years ago, Andrei Arlovski was on top of the world. He’d won five fights in a row including success against Ben Rothwell, Roy Nelson, and Fabricio Werdum; he was making hundreds of thousands of dollars and entering what was expected to be the prime of his career.
Then Arlovski dropped four straight scraps including three first-frame knockouts and was written off by most fans and members of the media. “The Pitbull” has since proven he’s got some gas left in the tank, picking up victories in a quartet of consecutive clashes plus a No Contest he was en route to winning against former rival Tim Sylvia.
“Every fight since I lost in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, every step for me is very important. Every fight becomes harder for me, more important for me than the previous fight. Most important for me and my career is that every fight is a potential good fight and show my skills and getting better and better from fight to fight.
“I want to be a champion and I want to be #1 in the world again because I know the taste of glory and the taste of being on top of the world. Also, I know that feeling when you’re down and when pretty much everybody shows respect and they’re not friends with you anymore. I’m not worried about getting more friends, but definitely I want to be a champion and I want to be on top of the world.”
“(Johnson) is a real dangerous opponent for me. That’s why I took this fight so serious. During all of my camp I did everything my trainers told me to do. Obviously, I became a slave of Greg Jackson. If he said I have to run, I’m going to run. If he told me I had to rest a couple of days, I took a couple of days off. I’m really focused for this fight. This fight is very important for me.”
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