The Pit Bull is back: Andrei Arlovski re-signs with the UFC

35 year old Belarusian stand-up specialist Andrei Arlovski has re-signed with the UFC after six years away, Dana White announced on Thursday. Arlovski was rumoured to be in negotiations with the promotion after compiling a 6-1 (1 NC) record in his last eight. The Pit Bull is a former UFC heavyweight champion, and will compete in the UFC heavyweight division once more for the first time since March 2008.

Arlovski left the promotion in 2008 after his contract expired, despite winning his last three inside the Octagon. He decided to take his business elsewhere, and racked up two wins in a row over current UFC heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson. However, this led to a four fight losing skid which included three appearances in now-Zuffa owned promotion Strikeforce.

That downturn is well behind the Belarusian, who has earned knockouts in four of his six wins in his recent 6-1 (1 NC) run. His most recent second round knockout over Andreas Kraniotakes has earned him a call-up back to the big leagues, and now Arlovski will get the opportunity to get right back in the mix.

Dana White took to Twitter to announce Arlovski’s return,

However this resulted in some confusion for respected MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, who had this to say on the whole saga.

 

Arlovski has lost just one fight in his last eight, which came against Anthony Johnson, who fights Phil Davis this Saturday at UFC 172. His return fight has yet to be confirmed, but there are a number of available avenues for one of the fiercest strikers in the division’s history. Gabriel Gonzaga, Stefan Struve and Josh Barnett all make sense for The Pit Bull’s return to the Octagon.

UPDATE: MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani reports that preliminary talks are in place for Arlovski to make his debut against Brendan Schaub, though a potential date and whether the bout comes to fruition is yet to be finalised. Schaub was originally in talks to face Mark Hunt, but the bout has seemingly fallen through.

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