Andrei Arlovski (27-15, 1NC) has immortality in his sights when he does battle with rising star Tai Tuivasa (7-0) at UFC 225.
Arlovski’s impressive unanimous decision victory over Stefan Struve earlier in the month tied him with Frank Mir for the most wins in UFC Heavyweight history. The Belarusian has won an incredible 16 fights in the organisation, stretched across two runs and 18 years.
Looking to spoil the party however, is Tai Tuivasa. An Australian with a reputation for knocking opponents out, Tuivasa burst onto the UFC scene in 2017 with a brutal flying knee victory over Rashad Coulter. A follow up last month saw the 25-year-old brutalize France’s Cyril Asker in the first round, the only round the Australian has ever seen.
Arlovski’s return to the UFC in 2014 has been a back and forth affair. After initially shocking everyone with a 4 fight win streak, The Pitbull would drop his next 5. A refocus on game-planning and tactical warfare has turned it around, and with two wins under his belt, Arlovski wants to make yet another run at the heavyweight championship, an accolade he first achieved over 13 years ago.
A win in this fight would be huge for either fighter. With a win, Arlovski would really prove his commitment to strategy is exactly what he needed, besting an undefeated and highly touted prospect. Tuivasa has certainly caught the attention of spectators with his performances, but the biggest name on his record currently is James McSweeney, so the Aussie would absolutely benefit by adding a first ballot hall of famer to his resume.
UFC 225 will take place in Chicago, Illinois on June 9th, 2018. Other announced fights include:-
Robert Whittaker Vs Yoel Romero – UFC Middleweight Championship
Claudia Gadelha Vs Carla Esparza – Woman’s Strawweight
Joseph Benavidez Vs Sergio Pettis – Flyweight
Alistair Overeem Vs Curtis Blaydes – Heavyweight
Rashad Evans Vs Anthony Smith – Light Heavyweight
Rashad Coulter Vs Allen Crowder – Heavyweight
CM Punk VS TBD – Welterweight
Tickets for UFC 225 will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 13.