You have nobody to blame but yourself. That was a theme that former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski held close to his vest after he was knocked out by WAMMA champ Fedor Emelianenko in the 1stRound of their bout at “Day of Reckoning.” After an impressive start, Alrloski went for a high-risk maneuver that the champ was able to capitalize on.
“I don’t know what to say,” Arlovski said at the post-event press conference. “I guess I did pretty good in the first few minutes. But at the end of the 1stRound I tried to do something flashy, and I paid for this.”
After landing a solid right, Arlovski immediately followed it up with a front kick to the midsection that sent the champion backpedaling into the corner.
Thinking that he had the Russian in trouble, he auspiciously went for a flying knee, which Emelianenko greeted with a quick overhand right to Arlovski’s chin.
Game, set, match: Emelianenko.
“I’m really upset at myself,” Arlovski stated. “I feel bad, first off for myself, and I feel bad for all of my trainers because they spent a lot of time with me. Obviously I didn’t follow the gameplan, except for the first few minutes.”
It can be argued that Arlovski was winning the opening minutes of the fight, as he used his length to keep Emelianenko off balance and a little frustrated. His stand up was sharp, coming out on top in most of the exchanges.
“Every single jab or right hand (I threw), I saw that I hurt him,” Arlovski said. “It was very effective for me. I don’t know why I changed my tactic and I did a flying knee. I don’t know, I guess I still remembered the fight against Ben Rothwell. But definitely Fedor’s no joke. He beat me tonight.”
Now it is back to the drawing board for the former UFC champion. Fortunately, he walked away with a cool $1.5 million to help ease his pain. Receiving a hefty payday like that for less than four minutes of work, why wouldn’t he want to do it again?
“It’s [Emelianenko’s] night, of course,” Arlovksi said. “I would love to have a rematch, but that’s up to Affliction and Golden Boy…Sooner or later someone will beat him. I’m just very upset with myself that I wasn’t that person tonight.”