Promotion officials announced that “The Pit Bull” will square off with fellow former UFC champion Tim Sylvia on Aug. 31 at One FC 5, which emanates from Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. “Pride of a Nation” streams live on pay-per-view and features a notable cast of One FC debutants, including ex- Dream champions Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes, as well as former UFC lightweight ruler Jens Pulver.
Arlovski and Sylvia have met thrice before. Their first contest took place at UFC 51 in 2005, with Arlovski emerging the victor after dropping Sylvia early in round one and then submitting him with an Achilles lock. “The Maine-iac” would have his revenge the following year, however, as Sylvia bounced back from the brink of defeat to knock out Arlovski at UFC 59 and recapture the promotion's heavyweight title.
The two would then face off in a rubber match just two months later at UFC 61. This time, Arlovski was unable to close the distance to land the powerful right hand that had been his money maker in the first two bouts. Instead, Sylvia kept the Belarusian at bay with his massive reach, cruising to a unanimous decision to retain his belt.
Sylvia, 36, lost the UFC championship to Randy Couture in 2007 and was released the following year after falling by submission to ex-Pride champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Following a year on the shelf after a one-sided loss to top-ranked Fedor Emelianenko, Sylvia returned in 2009 as as super heavyweight and was knocked out by former Olympic boxing champion Ray Mercer. Sylvia would win seven of his next eight, however, returning to heavyweight last year and topping Andreas Kraniotakes before besting onetime Bellator talent Randy Smith six weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Arlovski, 33, won five consecutive fights following his losses to Sylvia, topping former IFL standouts Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson before also falling to Emelianenko. That loss would signal the start of a four-fight skid for Arlovski, who went 0-3 in his Strikeforce career before earning back-to-back wins in the ProElite cage to close out last year.view original article >>
The last week of April 2017 marked a loud yet symbolic shift in the future of sports on television. ESPN, the longtime self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” released some of its best-known an read news >>
Set to face Sheila Padilla at Friday’s Combate Americas, atomweight Alyssa Garcia looks back on her career-changing Rizin FF 3 win over Kanna Asakura and the feeling that ‘If I can do this, I can do read news >>
Ricardo Abreu already was serving a suspension for a failed drug test when he got notice of a second potential anti-doping violation earlier this year.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
At this Saturday’s blockbuster UFC 211 event, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos will face off for a second time. Their first meeting remains a hotly contested debate.Filed under read news >>
Although it appeared Junior Dos Santos gave everything he had to Stipe Miocic three years ago, the former UFC heavyweight champion said there’s still more to show.Filed under: Featured, Featured Vide read news >>
Will Anderson Silva hang up his gloves? One of his managers doesn’t think so, but the UFC might have a tough time convincing Silva to get back in the octagon for a while.Filed under: Featured, News, read news >>
DALLAS – Eddie Alvarez considers himself off the hook. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
DALLAS – Affable former UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos was on the set of “The Ultimate Fighter: 13” when a reporter asked him why he was so nice. Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News read news >>
As expected Jon Jones has opened as the favorite over his rival and the current UFC light-heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
UFC President Dana White and former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold are officially beefing.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>