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Arlovski’s iffy chin headed to K-1

You’d think that after two bad KO losses and a performance that could politely be described as chickenshit, Andrei Arlovski would be looking to spend a bit more time working some non-standup aspects of mixed martial arts. Instead he’s decided to double down on his love of striking and enter this year’s K-1 World Grand Prix tournament! Midsy reports:

K-1 has released the full fight card for the October 2 World Grand Prix Final 16 event, and the biggest news for American fans is that former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is in the mix, taking on the 22-year-old Romanian Raul Catinas in a tournament bout.

Arlovski’s participation in the event was first revealed by K-1 announcer Michael Schiavello, who will call the Final 16 on English-language broadcasts around the world, including on HDNet in the United States. The news that Arlovski is in the Final 16, and that he’s got a beatable opponent in Catinas, means there’s a real chance he’ll return to the K-1 ring for the World Grand Prix Final in December.

Arlovski is taking a massive risk here switching over during the worst slump of his career. I don’t know if this is the result of his giant balls or his tiny concussed brain, but either way I’m excited to see what happens. Midsy is right: Andrei Arlovski could win against Raul Catinas. But there’s also an equal if not higher chance that he’s going to lose. Catinas might not be well known and his resume is strictly Eastern Bloc stuff, but he has the slight advantage of actually being a kickboxer. He’s also no can – most times he’s mentioned, it’s with words like ‘promising up and comer’ and ‘potential top ten material’.

And of course there’s also Andrei’s chin problem. I’m not going to go so far as saying it’s glass. But whatever material it’s made of, it’s certainly smashable and once that gets out there, your opponents are gonna be hunting for it. Where all this inter-sport murkiness and Achilles heel stuff puts him in relation to Catinas, who knows? I guess that’s a big part of the fun.

  • mamoru

    Catinas might be a kickboxer, but he’s not a good one.
    Not yet at least.

    He beat up Carter Williams in a super fight during the GP in Bucharest earlier this year, but that’s hardly as meaningful as it once was.
    Carter basically looked like he just showed up to take his beating and cash his check, and he also looked more 45 than 30.

    Oh, and unless I’m completely misremembering how the fight went, Catinas looked like he was slowing down after two minutes of mainly standing around.

  • glassjawsh

    i hope arlovski wins and fights ruslan karaev in the quartersfinals.

    just so i can see the guy that had this happen to him:

    fight the guy that had this happen to him:

    someone’s head would asplode

    edit: also this: vs this:

    people like me, because i force them, WITH VIOLENCE!

  • mamoru

    Best one is still

    I don’t think Catinas would have won his way to the final 16 in the pretty weak GP field, and I don’t really understand why they invited him directly, possibly something to do with FEG being all poor and shit and having to get people who’ll fight for peanuts?
    But even if Arlovski gets past Catinas, he’s not making it past karaev. Not a fucking chance.


    Still pretty disappointed Badr isnt going to be in it this year:/

    would be cool to see badr ruin arlovski

  • Reverend Clint

    Don’t worry about his chin… shit never mind i just watched his fight against Leko. Good night Andrei

  • Beau

    I don’t get K1. I thought this tournament was supposed to decide the best kickboxer in the world, yet they toss in Arlovski, who isn’t even a kickboxer. Maybe I’m mistaken, and the worlds best kickboxers fight in something other than K1.

  • mamoru

    Well, the best ones are obviously the lightweights, not the fatties.
    And FEG are really fucking poor at the moment.
    Don’t know if they’ve paid their LW champ Giorgio Petrosyan yet.
    So if they haven’t paid the best in the world for the fights they did for’em last year, I can see why they might have issues getting the best this time around.

    And so you miss out on seeing Badr Hari, though, to be fair, that probably has nothing to do with money, he probably just beat someone up or raped someone or something.
    Top 10 P4P most talented fighter and top 3 worst human being in fight sport.