Andrei Arlovski is one of the best most exciting heavyweight fighters in the world. At twenty-eight years old he is healthy and in his prime; so why haven’t we seen Arlovski grace the cage in almost nine months?
Arlovski is on the final fight of his contract and the UFC is notoriously adamant about extending contracts before valued fighters fight the last fight on their current contract. When Arlovski declined to extend rumors naturally began to circulate that the UFC was freezing Arlovski out. Arlovski was also less than impressive in his last outing; a decision win over Fabricio Werdum. This led to speculation that the UFC was unhappy with Arlovski’s performance and that he was in Zuffa’s doghouse for poor performance.
Lorretta Hunt of TheFightNetwork.com claims that neither is true and that the popular Belarusian fighter has just been the victim of bad luck. Hunt claims that the UFC has offered Arlovski at least two fights over the span of the last nine months and that both fighters had to drop out of those fights due to injury. Hunt did not mention names but there are a number of UFC heavyweights that meet that criteria.