Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has been announced as being a participant in the upcoming K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Seoul Final 16. Arlovski is a wild card in the tournament as he was called in as a replacement for former K-1 heavyweight champion Badr Hari. Rumors are that an eventual match between fellow tournament participant and current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Arlovski is being eyed, provided both fighters advance past their initial rounds.
Arlovski seems to have thrown a wrench into those plans, however, as he posted to his Twitter account earlier today that he is no longer involved in this year’s K-1 Grand Prix.
“I would like to confirm that I am not participating in the K-1 on October 2nd,” he posted.
“The Pitbull” was scheduled to face Romanian kickboxer Raul Catinas in his first bout. Nothing official has been released by the K-1 promotion concerning Arlovski’s departure from the event. Rumors have abounded for some time now that K-1 has been unable to dish out the big paydays that top-tier fighters desire and this newest hit to the promotion’s upcoming event could be indicative of that problem.