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 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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