Andrei Arlovski has not fought in the UFC in more than six years. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski has returned to the Zuffa fold. UFC President Dana White revealed the news via Twitter on April 24, though no further details have been released concerning the Octagon return of “The Pit Bull.”
“Welcome back, Andrei Arlovski!” White wrote.
Arlovski, 35, has gone 6-1 with one no contest over his last eight appearances, most recently dispatching Andreas Kraniotakes in November in his home country of Belarus. Prior to that victory, the Strikeforce veteran competed three times for the World Series of Fighting promotion, besting Devin Cole and Mike Kyle while coming up short against Anthony Johnson.
The Jackson-Wink MMA rep began his professional career in 1999 and joined the UFC the following year, winning the interim heavyweight championship by submitting Tim Sylvia in 2005; he was later promoted to undisputed champion. Arlovski then relinquished the title to Sylvia in their 2006 return bout and failed to recapture the gold in their UFC 61 rubber match. The Belarusian has earned 15 of his 21 wins by knockout and owns notable victories over Fabricio Werdum, Roy Nelson and Ben Rothwell.
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