Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is hoping to restore his once promising career when he meets Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva tonight at “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery.”
“The Pitbull” is coming off back-to-back losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, respectively. Getting knocked out by Fedor is one thing, but his 22 second 1stRound TKO to Rogers at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” last June was inexplicable for a fighter of his caliber.
Unfortunately for Arlovski, Silva doesn’t plan on being the guy that allows him back onto the heavyweight landscape.
“I sympathize with the problems Andrei has endured recently,” Silva told MMAjunkie.com through his interpreter, Alex Davis. “But I’m the wrong opponent for him to try and get his career back on track.
“My job is to win, and I came here to do exactly that.”
Siva will have something to prove tonight inside the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri as well. After suffering only the second loss of his career to Fabricio Werdum at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers,” the former EliteXC champ is also looking to get back into title contention – and he intends to do it in violent fashion.
“This is a heavyweight fight and everyone in the division has heavy hands,” said Silva. “If Arlovski blinks he’ll get knocked out. It’s nothing personal; I have compassion for all of my fellow fighters, but he’s standing in my way.
“He can start his comeback against somebody else.”
Most would argue that Werdum was Silva’s first legitimate professional test. If that’s the case, he failed his exam miserably, but is looking to make the most out of tonight’s opportunity.
“That fight was a big lesson for me,” Silva said of his loss to Werdum. “I learned that I can’t show off. I had the chance to finish the fight early, but I didn’t. Then I broke my hand, and I couldn’t finish.
“I’ve been concentrating on improving my strikes … I don’t think Arlovski’s speed is going to surprise me. I’m hoping that the fight stays standing up so I can show my improvement.”