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.