Andrei Arlovski Returns at UFC 174 to Fight Brendan Schaub

April 26, 2014
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Andre ArlovskiIt has been six years since Andrei Arlovski last set foot in the Octagon. It has been eight years since he had the UFC heavyweight championship wrapped around his waist.

That all changed this week as UFC president Dana White announced Arlovski’s return. Then, on Friday, UFC officials confirmed that he would face Brendan Schaub as part of the UFC 174 fight card on June 14 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Arlovski (21-10, 1 NC) hasn’t exactly lit the mixed martial arts world on fire since he left the UFC, but has been respectable. He has amassed an 8-5 record with 1 no contest during stints with EliteXC, Strikeforce, World Series of Fighting, and others. He is 6-1 with 1 no contest over the course of his eight most recent bouts, however, and also holds the distinction of being a former UFC heavyweight champion, making him a solid addition to a division in need of bolstering.

Schaub (10-3) has been fighting in the Octagon for the past five years, emerging as the runner-up to Roy Nelson on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. After dropping back-to-back bouts to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell a couple years ago, Schaub rebounded in 2013 with victories over Lavar Johnson and Matt Mitrione.

The UFC 174 event marks the promotion’s first event in Vancouver since 2011. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson puts his belt on the line against Ali Bagautinov in the night’s main event on pay-per-view.

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  • Seth

    Come on…Brendan has no chance to beat Andrei…but nice way to say “welcome back, Pitbull” :)

  • Artemis

    Great respect to Andrei. He is a good guy.

  • insane187288

    It is so sad to see all the haters out there that say Andrei is past his prim and the hws are so thin… I dont know of any fighting organisation that is anything like the UFC so people shut up!! cut finch… good boring fighter, cot okami…(spelling) ok make him a better fighter.. ANYONE has a price and gsp is gone… now the bitch come that athletes get paid too much… well there is that rant and the ufc did one right in bringing back a fighter… ko is how this fight will end… should have put him against nelson but either way im paying money to see this beast fight… whether he gets knocked out or he knocks out i will pay his undercard just to see him… To all the haters your not Dana or the Brass

  • himler adams

    Arlovski got a glass jaw and crumbles when hit. Easy win for the not so good Schaub.

    • Chicago

      It held up well vs Anthony Johnson. Yes it did break but he didn’t go out, and AJ hits like a truck.

    • fsunoles10

      you realize we’re talking about the hw division correct? his chin may be suspect but at hw the only peoples chin that holds up consistently is nelson and hunt.

      • Jonathan Dominguez

        deff agree with you nelsons and hut got granite jaws seeing that andrei hasn’t in the ufc for so long idk how he is going to adapt

    • Lucas Freire

      Schaub hasn’t the greatest chin too.
      Forgot his losses against Minotauro and Rothwell?

  • AXE MURDERER

    Again the ufc dropped the ball. Pit Bull Arlovski vs Overeem or the winner of JDS vs Stipe would of made for supper fight like bout! After all he is the former ufc champ. Cain & Werdum will be occupied for a long while. Give Schaub Barnett, Brown vs Hunt! & while your at it go sign Minakov, Grabowski, & the winner of Volkov vs Blagoi Ivanov, throw in Kharitonov as well!

  • Bucket of Chicken

    The people saying that Arlovski has a glass jaw should try and take shots from Fedor, Kharitonov, Sylvia, Rizzo and Rogers. Lets see how your jaws hold up in comparison.