A stacked UFC 82 will not feature Andrei Arlovski in the main card. Arlovski’s fight against Jake O’Brien has been relegated to the preliminary card where it may not be aired on the pay-per-view portion of the broadcast.
Arlovski’s last fight was a win against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70 in April 2007. The fight against O’Brien will be the last on his UFC contract. Arlovski’s management has hinted at the desire to explore free agency to gauge the market demand for Arlovski. The UFC more than likely placed him on the preliminary card because of the risk that Arlovski may not re-sign with the UFC.