The Belarusian striker and former UFC Heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski began his mixed martial arts career on April 9th, 1999 at the MFC World Championships. HE lost by 1st round knockout to Viacheslave Datsik. It was the first fight for both men. Arlovski returned to competition one year to the day of his first bout. There at the M-1 MFC – European Championship he defeated Michael Tielrooy via guillotine choke and his second opponent that day, Roman Zentsov, by TKO. 5 weeks later, Arlovski knocked out John Dixson, thirteen seconds into the first round at Super Fight in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Following his Super Fight victory, Andrei made his UFC debut against Aaron Brink at UFC 28. He submitted Brink less than a minute into the first round with an armbar. Following his successful debut, Arlovski lost his next two bouts back-to-back to future champion Ricco Rodriguez and heavyweight contender Pedro Rizzo. Arlovski snapped the losing streak with a six fight tear through the UFC. In November of 2002, Andrei TKO’ed Ian Freeman in less than ninety seconds of the first round. He then knocked out Vladimir Matyushenko in just over two minutes at UFC 44. At UFC 47, Arlovski TKO’ed Wesley Correira in the second round of their bout and earned an interim title shot against Tim Sylvia at UFC 51.
Arlvoski defeated Sylvia in less than a minute to win the Interim UFC Heavyweight championship. He then defended his belt with a TKO victory over Justin Eilers and a KO of Paul Buentello. As Frank Mir failed to return to competition on the UFC timetable, Arlovski’s interim belt was confirmed as the official Heavyweight championship strap. In April of 2006, Arlovski lost the championship in a rematch with Tim Sylvia at UFC 59. This time around Sylvia TKO’ed Arlovski just under three minutes into the first round. With their series tied 1-1, the rubber match was held for the Heavyweight championship. In a lackluster battle, Sylvia did just enough to retain the belt via unanimous decision.
Andrei finished out the last three fights on his UFC contract with TKO wins over Marcio Cruz and Jake O’Brien and a unanimous decision victory over Fabricio Werdum. Arlovski then signed with Affliction to face Ben Rothwell in July of 2008. He Knocked out Rothwell in the third round of their fight, snapping Ben’s 13 fight win streak and handing him his first defeat in two years. Since his streak was broken by Andrei, Rothwell has not been able to win two fights in a row. Arlovski followed up his knockout of Rothwell with a Knockout victory over Roy Nelson. To date, he is the only man to have achieved this.
After defeating Nelson, Arlovski found himself on a four fight skid. He was KO’ed by Fedor Emelianenko and Sergei Kharitonov. He was TKO’ed by Brett Rogers and he lost a hard-fought unanimous decision to Antonio Bigfoot Silva. In August of 2011, Arlovski earned his first win in almost three years with a TKO victory over Ray Lopez at ProElite I in Honolulu, Hawaii. He followed that up with a Head Kick KO of Travis Fulton at ProElite II. In August of 2012, he faced Tim Sylvia for a 4th time in Manila, Philippines at ONE FC. Due to a misunderstanding of the rules (a rule that was changed 4 days after their bout), the fight was ruled a no-contest due to a legal but unsanctioned soccer kick to a downed opponent.
Arlovski rebounded from the setback with back-to-back wins over Devin Cole at World Series of Fighting 1 and Mike Hayes at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 9. At World Series of Fighting 2, Arlovski lost a unanimous decision to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, however some controversy followed the bout due to poor timekeeping and injuries occurring after five minutes had elapsed in the round. Arlovski is expected to face Mike Kyle on September 14th in Atlantic City, NJ at World Series of Fighting 5. Arlovski is actually stepping in for an injured Rumble Johnson.