Andrei Arlovski 470x260Former UFC heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski wants to someday return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and vie for the heavyweight title again.

Arlovski (19-9-1) rose to UFC stardom with his speed, accuracy and punching power, overwhelming opponents with offense from 2002 to 2005.

He went on a six-fight win streak, capturing the UFC heavyweight title by defeating Tim Sylvia at UFC 52 on Feb. 5, 2005.  He defended the belt twice before relinquishing it back to Tim Sylvia at UFC 59 in April 2006.

Arlovski left the UFC on a three-fight win streak in early 2008.

“I left the UFC on good terms,” Arlovski told MMAWeekly.com.

Arlovski doesn’t want his former status as UFC champion to dictate if the organization offers him a contract in the future.  He wants to earn his way back into the top tier of the heavyweight division.

“I don’t want the UFC to take me back in the UFC because I was a champion in the UFC.  I want to earn the opportunity to be back in the UFC again,” he said.

The 34-year-old UFC veteran doesn’t want to just return to the Octagon, he wants to re-capture the heavyweight belt.

“More importantly, with my career, every fight I’ve shown a good fight, and showed my skills, and showed that I’m getting better and better and better from fight to fight.  Like I said, you never know.  I might one day be in the UFC again, but I definitely want to be a champion and I want to be No. 1 in the world again because I know the taste of glory and the taste of being on top of the world.  I also know that feeling when you’re down,” said Arlovski.

“I definitely want to be a champion and I want to be on top of the world again,” added the former titleholder.   “Definitely, I will be on top again.”

Arlovski faces Anthony Johnson in the main event on the World Series of Fighting card on March 23.  The event will air live on NBC Sports Network.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Reader’s Choice 2015 Comeback Fighter of the Year: Andrei Arlovski

  • 29 days ago
  • 7 views

Three fighters stood out in the five nominations for 2015 Comeback Fighter of the Year generating 96-percent of the votes between them. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 81 Athlete Outfitting pay: Dillashaw, Cruz earn top payouts

  • 24 days ago
  • 100 views

BOSTON – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 81 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $232,500.Filed under: News read news >>

Eddie Alvarez Was Shocked by Split Decision in Anthony Pettis Fight

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez defeated former UFC 155-pound UFC titleholder Anthony Pettis over the weekend in the UFC Fight Night 81 co-main event. read news >>

Cain Velasquez Issues Statement, Apologizes to Fabricio Werdum for Having to Withdraw from UFC 196

  • 18 days ago
  • 14 views

Former heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez released a statement on Sunday via Facebook explaining why he was forced to withdraw from UFC 196. read news >>

Cain Velasquez to Undergo Back Surgery, But Quick Recovery Expected

  • 13 days ago
  • 11 views

Former heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez will undergo surgery to repair the back injury that forced him out of the UFC 196 rematch against champion Fabricio Werdum. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 81 salaries: Browne ($120K), Cruz ($110K) earn top payouts

  • 6 days ago
  • 10 views

Co-main-event winner Travis Browne and main-event victor Dominick Cruz earned the largest disclosed paydays at this past month’s UFC Fight Night 81 event.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 82 Athlete Outfitting pay: Four fighters earn $15k each

  • 4 days ago
  • 12 views

LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 82 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $140,000.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Joseph Benavidez on fellow contender Henry Cejudo's title shot: 'He didn't earn it'

  • 4 days ago
  • 6 views

LAS VEGAS – Joseph Benavidez went out and beat a tough opponent, picked up his fifth straight win, and was ready to make his case for a title shot – one that had already been given away earlier in th read news >>

UFC Fight Night 82 salaries: Nelson, Benavidez earn top disclosed payouts

  • 3 days ago
  • 51 views

Co-main-event winner Roy Nelson ($125,000) and main-card victor Joseph Benavidez ($118,000) were the top earners at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 82 event.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>