Dana White Discusses Andre Arlovski’s Absence

Written by Tim Ngo
October 26th, 2007

UFC Andrei Arlovski

The last time we saw “The Pitbull” Andre Arlovski (11-5-0) inside the Octagon was at UFC 70: Nations Collide back in April when he defeated Fabricio Werdum (9-3-1) by an unimpressive unanimous decision. A fight that Dana White said himself on Thursday’s conference call was “boring”.

It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but it’s been over a year and a half since Arlovski was on top of the Heavyweight division in the UFC, now according to Dana White Arlovski is, “kind of sitting on the bench right now.”

The guys who get Pay-Per-View buys, and put “butts into seats” as Randy Couture said, are the guys who get taken care of in the UFC.

White did say on the conference call that he was planning to hold a UFC event in Chicago sometime in 2008.

When pressed by a reporter on when that may happen, “the minute those [regulations] are drawn up, we’re there [Chicago].” White responded.

“I’ve talked to [Arlovski’s] guys a few times, we want to get him back in.” White went on to say.

It doesn’t look like we’re going to see Andre Arlovski fight until February at the earliest, but even that may be a stretch as the UFC is still trying to sort out the Randy Couture situation.

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