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Andrei Arlovski started fighting professionally on April 9, 1999; he lost, to Datsik. Just 18 months later, after three wins in three fights, he successfully debuted in the UFC. At UFC 51, on February 5, 2005, Arlovski ankle locked Tim Sylvia in 47 seconds to become interim heavyweight champ. Sylvia won the rematch at UFC 59 on April 15, 2006, and Arlovski has fought on and on since.

In 2016-2017, he lost five in a row, only to bounce back with two wins, and then lost four in a row (although one was changed to a No Contest when his opponent tested positive for a PED). It looked like his fighting career was at an end. However, Arlovski bounced back with a win over Ben Rothwell at UFC on ESPN 4 on July 20, 2019. "The Pitbull" fought again less than four months later, and lost to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 29 seconds. But he's now on a two-fight win streak heading into a fight vs. Tom Aspinall on the main card of Saturday's UFC Vegas 19.

At the event media day, Arlovski explained why he's still fighting on at 42, after half a lifetime in the cage.

“I want to fight as long as possible and of course I want to be a champion,” said Arlovski. “That is why I’m doing what I’m doing right now. In the past, the main problem for me was sticking with the game plan. Over last two fights, I stick to the game plan and I trust my coaches 100 percent. Like Nike, just do it.”

Aspinall is 15 years younger than the former champ, but Arlovski says drinking young blood is one reason for his longevity.

“Young blood keeps you alive,” said Arlovski. “It’s keep you on your tippy-toes. Deep inside you know he’s young, he might be stronger, faster, but for me, age is just a number. . . At age 42 I’m still super hungry, in a good way. For glory, for money, for titles, for everything. I just became a more responsible person. Responsible father, husband, fighter. At age 42, I do more work than when I was 25.”

“Definitely I don’t want to be a punching bag for some other fighters who’s gonna make some name, records off of me. I have two kids, come on. I’m a smart guy. I want to be old, I want to see my grandsons and smoke cigars and drink some wine in my backyard.”

h/t Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting

12 days ago
8/19/03
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It’s pretty incredible that he’s still running strong after all these years.  He went from being one of the dumber HW’s to being one of the smartest ones and reinventing himself at such a later age.  If you look at the last decade of his career and how he performs, he only really loses for the most part to heavy hitters that catch him with big shots, but otherwise, he doesn’t usually get technically out€lassed.  He’s worked hard on his footwork and tactics and still regularly schools a lot of young up and comers.  I didn’t see the fight, but I was quite surprised and impressed when I heard that he beat Tanner Boser, as I had Boser pegged as a guy who could make some waves

12 days ago
1/1/01
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I love watching the old boars fight.

 

Vitor

 

Arloski

 

Overseen

 

All warroirs

12 days ago
7/26/07
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"How Taste My Big Pee Pee"

Always be a legend

12 days ago
10/6/02
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Vitor is the only dinosaur that could still take the title if they allowed him to have normal T levels.
12 days ago
11/20/05
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And some king hell crank
12 days ago
11/20/05
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Yes, Andrei does some smart "fighting" now. But how many guys would last in the UFC after a stretch of winning 3 of 13? He doesn't try to stop anyone now, and hasn't for 6 years. In fact, he often goes nowhere near his opponent. But I always pull for him for old times sake.
12 days ago
3/20/12
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nobody wants andre to box them up

Guy can punch a hole in your face

Fast Big Dangerous at 42
12 days ago
3/20/12
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StretchPlum - Yes, Andrei does some smart "fighting" now. But how many guys would last in the UFC after a stretch of winning 3 of 13? He doesn't try to stop anyone now, and hasn't for 6 years. In fact, he often goes nowhere near his opponent. But I always pull for him for old times sake.

He pops them still

Doesn't chase any stoppage anymore as you say

I think he earns respect then outsmarts most of the guys
12 days ago
10/14/12
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colubrid1 - Vitor is the only dinosaur that could still take the title if they allowed him to have normal T levels.

I dont know, let UBEReem come back and he might too!
12 days ago
11/20/05
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Rambo John J - 
StretchPlum - Yes, Andrei does some smart "fighting" now. But how many guys would last in the UFC after a stretch of winning 3 of 13? He doesn't try to stop anyone now, and hasn't for 6 years. In fact, he often goes nowhere near his opponent. But I always pull for him for old times sake.

He pops them still

Doesn't chase any stoppage anymore as you say

I think he earns respect then outsmarts most of the guys

That's a fair statement. I tend to speak in hyperbole.
12 days ago
2/9/09
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Love Arlovski, I was stoked when he KO'd Browne. I thought for sure he was gonna beat Fedor as well. 

12 days ago
11/20/05
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That was I think the crowning glory of his career.
11 days ago
1/1/01
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What else can he do?  Quit fighting and get a job as a barber?  

11 days ago
11/2/09
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WaltJ -

It’s pretty incredible that he’s still running strong after all these years.  He went from being one of the dumber HW’s to being one of the smartest ones and reinventing himself at such a later age.  If you look at the last decade of his career and how he performs, he only really loses for the most part to heavy hitters that catch him with big shots, but otherwise, he doesn’t usually get technically out€lassed.  He’s worked hard on his footwork and tactics and still regularly schools a lot of young up and comers.  I didn’t see the fight, but I was quite surprised and impressed when I heard that he beat Tanner Boser, as I had Boser pegged as a guy who could make some waves

Good post and agreed 100%