Andrei Arlovski is doing his best to stay busy.

A little more than two weeks after knocking out Devin Cole in the first-ever World Series of Fighting headliner, the former UFC heavyweight champion announced on Twitter that he will square off with Mike Hayes on Dec. 16 in Moscow. The bout is expected to headline the Fight Nights “Battle of Moscow 9” card. Fight Nights is a Russia-based MMA promotion that has held 12 events dating back to June 5, 2010.

“I am happy for the first time in many years to fight in Russia,” Arlovski stated in a release on the promotion’s website. “ … I know that mixed martial arts in Russia are on the rise, and I think that in a few years, the sport will be the number one sport (there).”

Arlovski, 33, is unbeaten in his last four outings. The Belarusian competed twice under the ProElite banner in the second half of 2011, scoring third-round finishes of Ray Lopez and Travis Fulton. “The Pit Bull” then appeared to be well on his way to victory in his fourth meeting with Tim Sylvia at One FC 5 “Pride of a Nation” this past August. However, the bout was declared a no contest after Arlovski landed a pair of soccer kicks to a downed Sylvia without receiving clearance from the referee, as was then required per One FC rules. Most recently, the Jackson’s MMA product stopped Cole at the 2:37 mark of the opening frame at WSOF 1 in Las Vegas.

A 32-year-old Washington native, Hayes relinquished his Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heavyweight title to D.J. Linderman via unanimous decision this past June. That setback snapped a six-fight winning streak for “300,” who had captured the organziation’s vacant strap by submitting Andreas Kraniotakes in March. A three-time Bellator Fighting Championships veteran, Hayes has finished 13 of his 18 career wins by way of knockout, technical knockout or submission.

“I’ve watched Andrei fight for a while, and he’s always been one of my favorite fighters to watch,” Hayes told Sherdog.com via text message. “This is a giant opportunity for me, and everyone can rest assured that I will leave everything on the table in Moscow next month.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

'Groovy' Lando Vannata set to meet David Teymur at UFC 209 in Las Vegas

  • 20 days ago
  • 9 views

The UFC’s first 2017 pay-per-view in its Las Vegas home base is starting to build with the addition of a lightweight fight.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Watch BJ Penn Tap Out Kenny Florian (UFC Phoenix Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 91 views

UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn and Kenny Florian meet in the main event of UFC 101. BJ Penn returns against Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night Phoenix. read news >>

It's official: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson meet for interim 155 title in UFC 209 co-main

  • 4 days ago
  • 148 views

The rumored lightweight between highly ranked Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov now is official for UFC 209 in March, and the interim title will be on the line. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Meet Cancer Survivor Maddux, Cody Garbrandt's Biggest Fan (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 25 views

Before he fights UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 on December 30, learn about Cody Garbrandt and his special friendship with young Maddux. read news >>

Video: Watch Grandma Peggy, 'the oldest UFC fan,' make her picks for UFC 207

  • 23 days ago
  • 42 views

UFC 207 is drawing near, and UFC fans of all stripes are getting excited for the card – and the two title fights sitting atop it.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC split motivated Jacob 'Stitch' Duran to write second book

  • 23 days ago
  • 30 views

Famed combat sports cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran has many stories to tell. So much so that one book couldn’t do him justice – he needed two.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Twitter Reacts: UFC and MMA fighters celebrate Christmas on social media

  • 22 days ago
  • 86 views

The holiday season is here, and with no major events scheduled for the upcoming weekend, the MMA community had the rare opportunity to sit back, relax and celebrate with their loved ones.Filed under: read news >>

Watch Dominick Cruz Beat Urijah Faber a Second Time (UFC 207 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 36 views

Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz met longtime rival Urijah Faber in a rubber match at UFC 199 where he won via unanimous decision. Check it out! read news >>

UFC 207 pre-fight facts: Garbrandt looking for number two slot on bantamweight knockout list

  • 22 days ago
  • 31 views

The UFC’s year-end fight card is always one of its biggest. That trend continues as the promotion closes out 2016.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey Watch List, Who to Watch Out For (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 48 views

UFC Senior Vice President of Talent Relations Sean Shelby sits down with Jon Anik to discuss who to look out for at UFC 207. read news >>