Andrei Arlovski, who fights veteran heavyweight Mike Kyle tonight on World Series of Fighting, conducted an extensive interview with BloodyElbow's Steph Daniel. Topics covered include fighting Kyle, training with Freddie Roach, acting in movies, fighting Anthony Johnson with a broke jaw, and the infamous flying knee.
Back in 2009, Arlovksi, under the tutelege of Freddie Roach, was dominating the then practically speaking* undefeated Fedor Emelianenko, when The Pitbull inexplicably tried a flying knee.
The result was one of the most iconic images of the year.
Arlovski now trains with Greg Jackson.
"What I remember is that stupid mistake that cost me a lot against Fedor," said Arlovski. "That horrible flying knee back in 2009... before that fight, I fought Ben Rothwell and landed a flying knee. People went crazy, I went crazy, and I thought, 'Oh, I'm a genius, I can throw whatever I want.' I jumped with the flying knee and went down, lights out. I paid for it. It was kind of the beginning of my bad series of results. I'm not going to make those mistakes again. No more flying knees for a while. I'm kind of still afraid to throw knees, especially flying knees"
"Freddie Roach is a great boxing coach. I took a lot from him, but at the same time it meant I wasn't focusing on other things. I don't know, I probably lost more than I gained. It was a great experience, but it didn't really help me with fighting. I took some from him and I lost some. Time goes forward."
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•Fedor's lost to TK via cuts was due to an obscure Rings Rule, that ended fights on cuts.
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