Brendan Schaub will welcome Andrei Arlovski back to the Octagon in June. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Andrei Arlovski now has an opponent for his Octagon return.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced Friday that the former heavyweight champion will collide with Brendan Schaub when the Las Vegas-based promotion returns to Vancouver, British Columbia for UFC 174.
The event takes place June 14 and airs live on pay-per-view, headlined by a flyweight title matchup pitting reigning champion Demetrious Johnson against hard-hitting Dagestani challenger Ali Bagautinov.
A 32-fight pro, Arlovski has gone 6-1 with one no-contest in his last eight fights. “The Pit Bull” posted a 2-1 during his time with the World Series of Fighting and last competed on Nov. 29, when he dispatched Andreas Kraniotakes with second-round strikes in his home country of Belarus.
Four years younger than his veteran opponent, Schaub, 31, halted a two-fight skid with back-to-back victories in his last two appearances, outpointing Lavar Johnson before submitting former “Ultimate Fighter 10” cast mate Matt Mitrione with a brabo choke last September at UFC 165.