Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski was riding a three-fight losing streak when he entered the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Pitbull drew Sergei Kharitonov in the opening round and was toppled in the opening frame with a right hook making it 4.
Arlovski was victorious in his WSOF 1 win over Devin Cole, and after the fight he had a lot of nice things to say about his head trainer Greg Jackson. Arlovski even told Sherdog he asked Jackson if he should retire after the fight.
“I appreciate Greg Jackson,” Arlovski told Sherdog.com after his victory at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “I asked him if I should retire, because some of my [previous] trainers told me [to retire] after the Kharitonov fight. [Jackson] said, ‘Just come to Albuquerque. We’re going to start everything from a new place.’”
…“When we did the last sprints in the mountains before we came here, I said, ‘Greg, I love you, man.’ He’s like a big brother for me,” said Arlovski of his trainer. “He’s always in a good mood. He’s smiling all the time. I remember when we did sprints in the sand dunes. It was the last one or two sprints, and I was exhausted. He raised my hand and said, ‘Listen, brother. If you need to, just grab me, and we’re going to run together.’
“I think that if I had started training with Greg Jackson after the [Fedor] Emelianenko loss in 2009, it might be a different story right now, but I think everything happens for a reason. I’m still young. I still have a lot of fight energy. I still want to fight, and, more importantly, I want to win all my fights.”
Arlovski is currently 18-9 as a professional and fans should expect to see him back in the WSOF cage quickly after his first round knockout win over Cole.
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