Former UFC heavyweight champion and current Strikeforce fighter Andrei Arlovski feels like his back is against the wall. Despite possessing heavy hands, technical striking and a solid ground game backed by years of Sambo competition, Arlovski lost his last two fights by emphatic knockout in the first round. “The Pitbull” appeared on the TapouT radio show to discuss his upcoming fight against Antonio “Giant” Silva, his revamped training regimen, and taking things one step at a time.
Arlovski recently joined renowned trainer and Mixed Martial Arts guru Greg Jackson’s training camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico in order to breath new life into his MMA career. “The Pitbull'”s enthusiasm for his new training was on full display during his radio appearance.
“When I came to Albuquerque for the first time I was excited about how Greg Jackson pushes his fighters,” said Arlovski. “He runs with us, he is next to us all the time, all the time he can find the right words to push you and so you say to yourself ‘Come on, I have to do it’ and I am really excited about this camp. I am sure I am going to come back over and over. I am very excited.”
Arlovski’s last two fights, both losses, came against Strikeforce heavyweights Brett Rogers and Fedor Emelianenko. While the Belarusian fighter would like to eventually avenge those losses, he is currently focused on the fight that he has in front of him.
“Of course I want to be the best and I want to fight the best fighters but it seems like every interview I am like, of course I want to face Rogers, of course I want to face Emelianenko, I want to face Overeem,” he said. “Now, one step at a time. “Bigfoot”, May 15th and we see what happens after.”
Arlovski has squared off against some of the best fighters the world has to offer and he believes that when he meets Antonio Silva on May 15th that he will be doing so again.
“He is tough, he is very dangerous and he needs to come back,” said Arlovski. “I need to come back. Its going to be a tough fight definitely. He is a black belt in jiu jitsu, he has heavy hands, he has a strong chin and every time you hit him he comes back with three, four, five punches.”
Arlovski ‘s losses to Emelianenko and Rogers are painful memories that he would like to erase; but from both he took away valuable lessons that will help him to grow as a fighter.
“I have to keep in mind that if I hurt him that I need to keep discipline,” said Arlovski. “Because what happened when I fought Emelianenko? Everything was fine for three minutes then for some reason I decided to do a flying knee and I paid for it. I didn’t take Brett Rogers seriously, he knocked me f***ing out in the first round, twenty seconds. It was embarrassing for me. I have to stick to my game plan. Simple.”
Arlovski will look to get back to his winning ways and back in the heavyweight title picture by scoring a victory over Antonio “Giant” Silva on May 15th at “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery.”