Arlovski implemented a game plan that saw him stick and move before landing two right hands that led to hammer fists on the ground, finishing Silva at 2:59 of the opening frame.
Arlovksi used his quickness to land punches on Silva and swiftly move out of the way of danger. With this approach, the former UFC heavyweight champion scored a number of strikes during brief moments in the pocket.
Silva began to find opportunities to counter, but Arlovski adjusted and remained largely out of the way of major damage by his heavy-handed opponent.
Silva then closed the distance and attempted trading shots with Arlovski. With two right hands to his chin, Silva went down to the ground where his opponent pursued. Arlovski finished him off with consecutive hammer fists before the referee stepped in to stop the contest.
With the finish, Arlovski evens up his score with Silva, who defeated him in their first match in 2010 by unanimous decision. Arlovski’s overall MMA record improves to 23-10-1.
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