Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski is well aware of the saying, “Be careful what you ask for.” After his win over Roy Nelson at “EliteXC: Heat” last week, Arlovski was calling for a match-up against WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at the Affliction “Day of Reckoning” event scheduled for January. Late last week, Affliction management gave Arlovski what he wanted, as they announced the two will headline the promotion’s second-ever MMA event.
“Like I said before, if you want to be the best, you have to fight the best fighters,” Arlovski told MMAWeekly.com . “Obviously, he’s the best fighter right now. Nobody (has) beat him yet, so of course I want to fight Fedor…”
Although Arlovski has looked impressive in his last two bouts, he knows that there is still a ways to go before he will be able to take down the consensus #1 ranked heavyweight in the world.
“I have to improve my boxing,” Arlovski admitted. “I want to strike with him, but I have to be ready for clinch, for wrestling, for jiu-jitsu, so I have a lot of work to do.”
The former UFC heavyweight champion is right, he will have to sharpen up all of his MMA skills in order to defeat Emelianenko, who is considered by most as the best all-around, pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Arlovski does have a couple of advantages in that he is faster and much more athletic than Emelianenko, so if he is able to work his kicks and stay on the outside, he might have a shot at the upset.
Emelianenko holds a 28-1 record and hasn’t lost a fight in eight years. You wanted it Andre, you got it.