Former UFC heavyweight champion and current Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix entrant Andrei Arlovski has had a rough go of it as of late, posting three losses in a row, two of which came via knockout. After losing the UFC title to Tim Sylvia in 2006, Arlovski rattled off five wins in a row, including a decision over fellow tournament participant Fabricio Werdum.
However, following consecutive knockout wins over Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson, respectively, Arlovski himself was knocked out in consecutive bouts by Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, both of whom will participate in the Strikeforce Grand Prix. In his most recent appearance, which came following the loss to Rogers, Arlovski lost a unanimous decision to Emelianenko’s Grand Prix quarter-finals opponent, Antonio Silva.
So it is that Arlovski is looking for redemption by participating in the tournament, and with the three last fighters to defeat him also fighting in the Grand Prix, the odds are good that he will have his chance.
Check out the video interview below, where Arlovski discusses his training and motivation for the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, for which “The Pitbull” will be taking on Sergei Kharitonov in the opening round.