Andrei Arlovski returns beneath the uber-shadow of this weekend’s Mayweather / Canelo boxing match to headline the fifth World Series of Fighting Card against eternal scumbag Mike Kyle. Everyone here at Team Fightlinker is cheering The Pitbull on, but I know I can’t help but feel a bit nervous about the possibility of Kyle tapping Arlovski on the button and laying him face down on the canvas. Andrei, on the other hand, is not concerned. In fact, he’s sick of everyone else’s concern:
“It’s f–ked,” Arlovski angrily told MMAFighting.com. “I’m really getting f–king sick of all these comments about my chin. I broke my jaw in two f–king places and f–king Anthony Johnson couldn’t f–king knock me out. So if you’re going to talk to Mike Kyle, you can just tell him to shut his f–king mouth and be ready for the f–king fight. That’s it. Period.”
“People who say or write those comments about me are people who spend all the time on their couch all day long laying down and watching TV.
“It kind of pisses me off. I don’t read those comments like I used to read those comments. I showed my chin was fine when I fought Tim Sylvia in the Philippines, when our fight was a no contest. He landed a good straight right hand at the end of the first round and I was fine. I survived and knocked him out. Those people say [I don't] have a good chin, now this guy? It’s okay. Just fine. To be honest with you, I don’t know what to say in a nice way. It’s one of those bad spots in my mind.”
Arlovski is lucky he’s in a sport as comparatively forgiving as MMA. In boxing, any one of his past four really bad knockouts would have been enough for the sport to write him off as done. Yet here he is, continuing to headline shows and command decent paychecks. He can even talk about winning the UFC heavyweight belt again, and people aren’t not taking him seriously.
“I was a champion several years ago. I remember the taste. I remember the feeling of being on top of the world. I want to be again a champion. After those four losses, people said that’s it.”
“I have the right people,” Arlovski continued. “I have great sparring partners. Everything’s fine. I’m not going to finish my MMA career like that.”
You can taste it, huh? *shifty eyes*
(Top pic by Ken Pishna for MMAWeekly.com)