#UFC Fight Night 126 #Conor McGregor #FNG #Donald Cerrone #UFC on Fox 28 #UFC 221 #Yancy Medeiros #ONE Championship 68

Andrei Arlovski Staves Off Retirement with Win Over Junior Albini (UFC Norfolk Results) | MMAWeekly.com


Andrei Arlovski staved off retirement with a unanimous nod over Junior Albini at UFC Fight Night 120 on Saturday in Norfolk, Va.

This fight really was make or break for Arlovski, who entered the bout having lost five consecutive times. Facing a top up-and-comer like Albini, who was on a 10-fight winning streak, was an ultimatum for the former UFC heavyweight champion.

Albini and Arlovski couldn’t have been starker in contrast as heavyweights. Arlovski tipped the scale at the weigh-ins at 244 pounds, while Albini was a full 20 pounds heavier, and that was with him barely making weight.

The same held true of their fighting styles. Arlovski was lighter on his feet, showing a lot of movement, working combinations to the body and head. Albini, meanwhile, stood flat footed and plodded forward, launching powerful punches and elbows, and using his massive size to press Arlovski to the cage.

Arlovski used his size, or lack thereof, to his advantage by remaining light on his feet and constantly moving, all the while peppering Albini with punch combinations to the body and the head, deftly avoiding most of Albini’s power, especially early in the fight.

As Albini tired, Arlovski continued to move, and even stepped up his pace a little bit in the final round. He never really threatened to finish Albini, but the Brazilian didn’t ever have Arlovski in much danger either. His power flared on occasion, but he didn’t have the steam to follow up and do much real damage to the former champion, who was a constant ball of motion.

When the judges scorecards were read, Arlovski walked away with a unanimous decision victory and his career intact. Arlovski admitted that he was on the verge of retirement had he not been successful.

“I was feeling the pressure, especially after five straight losses. I said if I’m gonna lose tonight, I’m probably done,” he said in his post-fight interview in the Octagon.

“Hard work paid off tonight.”

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

Galleries

Andrei Arlovski Fights

  • a year ago
  • 1317 views

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Drew Dober Gets the Decision in a Slobberknocker at UFC on FOX 27 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 20 views

Check out highlights from Drew Dober's decision win over Frank Camacho in a tough battle at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. read news >>

Joe Soto Excited To Go Into Hostile Environment At UFC Fight Night 125 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 7 views

On February 3 in Brazil, Joe Soto (18-6) will look to get back on track against Iuri Alcantara (35-9) in a main card 135-pound bout at UFC Fight Night 125. read news >>

Eryk Anders Feels No Pressure Facing Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 125 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 11 views

At UFC Fight Night 125, unbeaten Eyrk Anders faces the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. read news >>

Lyoto Machida: Eryk Anders Should Be Careful What He Wishes For | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 27 views

Lyoto Machida returns to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 125 on Saturday with a stern warning for opponent Eryk Anders. read news >>

Fabricio Werdum Faces Alexander Volkov in Main Event at UFC Fight Night in London | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 13 views

Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will return to action in March as he faces upstart contender Alexander Volkov in the new main event just announced for UFC Fight Night in London on March 1 read news >>

Iuri Alcantara Overwhelms Joe Soto (UFC Belem Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 5 views

Check out highlights from the bantamweight bout between Iuri Alcantar and Joe Soto at UFC Fight Night 125 on Saturday in Belém, Brazil. read news >>

Polyana Viana Dominates Maia Stevenson (UFC Belem Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 15 views

Check out highlights from the women's strawweight bout between Polyana Viana and Maia Stevenson at UFC Fight Night 125 on Saturday in Belém, Brazil. read news >>

Twitter reacts to Lyoto Machida's narrow win over Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 125

  • 20 days ago
  • 27 views

See the top Twitter reactions to Lyoto Machida’s win over Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 125 main event. read news >>

Valentina Shevchenko Earns $50,000 Bonus For Bloody Beat Down At UFC Fight Night in Brazil | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 25 views

Valentina Shevchenko will leave Brazil with her first win at flyweight in the UFC as well as an extra $50,000 for 'Performance of the Night' in her win over Priscila Cachoeira. Shevchenko absolutely read news >>

Joby Sanchez Aims to Put UFC Flyweight Division on Notice in Austin | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 128 views

Joby Sanchez will make his promotional return at UFC Fight Night 126 on Sunday in Austin, Texas, against Roberto Sanchez in a preliminary 125-pound bout. read news >>