UFC vet Mike Van Arsdale will reportedly make his return to MMA after a two-year break. The light-heavyweighy has just signed a deal to fight for the Kentucky-based American Fight League (AFL). Van Arsdale will debut for the AFL at their November show which will also be their debut on pay-per-view.
“This is huge for us,” said AFL CEO BJ Santiago, who recently signed top female fighter Tara LaRosa, former WWE star Bobby Lashley and a host of UFC veterans. “Van is a scary, freak-of-nature-type athlete who has a terrific wrestling and MMA pedigree. He is a class-A fighter with unbelievable potential. … This is big for us and I think MMA in the long run.”
Sean McClure, director of public relations for the AFL already has an opponent in mind for Van Arsdale’s debut.
“Tito Ortiz,” McClure stated. “Our operations director and one of the owners Jon Hatton has wanted to see that fight for years. Mike’s wrestling is sick, and Tito is a really tough guy. It would be a good fight for Mike.”
He also hinted of a possible cut-down to middleweight for the former Iowa State Wrestler.
“I would also love to see Mike fight a guy like Trevor Prangley or maybe even drop down to 185 to fight, say, a Renzo Gracie or someone like that,” McClure said. “I know Mike could make 185 pounds if he wanted to. It would be up to him, and if he did want to do it, we would support it.”
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