We’ve been covering the UFC’s plan to turf Andrei Arlovski and sweep him quietly out of the league for a while now. Overall the planning for Operation Fluffy Blanket was impressive: bench Arlovski for nearly a year, then have his last contracted fight on the undercards against Jake O’Brien, a guy who’s proven himself to be a top notch lay-n-prayer. Of course, there was one wild card in all this: Andrei Arlovski.
I was really hoping that Andrei would come in and rip O’Brien’s head off. But while Arlovski won the fight, he spent all but the last 15 second of the fight on his back or pressed against the cage. Impressive, it was not. So does that mean the UFC’s operation was a success?
While it wasn’t the grand slam it would have been had Jake O’Brien managed to eke out a decision, it was still pretty successful. Quite simply, Andrei looked bad. Even the finish was weaksauce: Andrei threw a couple sloppy punches and then basically pleaded with the ref to have the fight ended. Wherefore art thou, angry ass kicking Russian of yesteryear???
If Andrei is willing to re-sign with the UFC, he’s not going to get any negotiating leverage out of that performance. Of course, the general word floating around is Arlovski has no intention of coming back to the UFC. And if that’s the case, the UFC did a good job wrecking his value before releasing him into the wild. Operation: Successful.