A huge heavyweight bout sits smack dab in the middle of the fight card this weekend at UFC on FOX from Denver, Colorado. Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski is set to take on Francis “The Predator” Ngannou in a fight that could prove pivotal for the Pit Bull.
Arlovski, a former UFC heavyweight champion, comes into the weekend on a 3-fight losing streak. A 4th straight loss could cause the promotion to question whether or not to keep Arlovski on the roster.
Prior to his losing streak, his career was in a resurgence, having won 6 straight (4 in the UFC). He was all but on his way to a storybook title shot until he was stopped by current UFC champion Stipe Miocic in the first round at UFC 196.
Arlovski (25-13, 1NC) has had quite a career up to this point. He holds wins over Fabricio Werdum, Tim Sylvia, Ben Rothwell, Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, Frank Mir, and Antonio Silva. That is quite a list. On the flip side he’s dropped fights to Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. So the majority of his career has been high profile fights.
With a career that started all the way back in 1999, it’s no surprise that the Pit Bull has fought in just about every promotion that has popped up, including; the UFC, WSOF, ONE FC, Strikeforce, Elite XC, and even Affliction. Who knows, maybe one day he’ll pop up in Mike Swick’s Primal FC.
Despite his 3-fight losing streak, Arlovski has the pedigree and history that could always make him an option for a title fight if he wins. Not necessarily that it would put him in line for one, because it wouldn’t, but from a marketing standpoint he could always be an option as a last minute injury replacement.
All of that is a lot easier said than done as he is set to face a Francis Ngannou that is riding an 8-fight win streak. Not only that, but he has been doing it in dominating fashion. The scouting report on Arlovski is to test his chin, and if Ngannou brings his #2 pencil into the octagon this Saturday, it could be a long (or short) night for the Pit Bull.