Fans were expecting Saturday’s bout between Andrei Arlovski and Mike Kyle to end in some kind of violent manner. It didn’t. Instead, the two power punchers, who had gone the distance a total of 11 times in their combined 64 professional fights went the full three rounds in their World Series of Fighting 5 main event matchup.
Arlovski has been dogged by criticism of a glass jaw over the last few years. Heading into this fight, those concerns were amplified because Arlovski actually had his jaw broken in his last fight, a March 23, 2013 unanimous decision loss to Anthony Johnson.
Arlovski was tested early when he was dropped by Kyle, but he recovered well and began to control the pace of the fight, moving forward and mixing kicks in with his punches, something that Kyle did not do.
In the end, the judges scored the relatively close fight in favor of Arlovski, with the scores being 29-28 on all cards.
After the fight Arlovski said:
It was a great fight, and I said before the fight. He’s a tough fighter, and I really appreciate the fight. Of course it’s disappointing, but I guess I have to listen more to my corner and follow the game plan 100 percent. I did what I did, and I thought it was a good comeback from my fight on March 23.
With the decision win, it’s unlikely that the questions about Arlovski’s chin will go away even though he hasn’t been knocked out since early 2011. The reason for that is because his knockout defeats to Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov were so devastatingly memorable.
Arlovski is now 20-10-0-1 in his career, and it looks like he will rematch Johnson in his next fight for the World Series of Fighting.