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Arlovski Ousted From Affliction

Written by Tom Ngo
June 23rd, 2009
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Affliction Entertainment is so sick of Andrei Arlovski’s propensity to fall asleep on the job that it has decided to cut ties with the former UFC heavyweight champion. Arlovski’s last two bouts have lasted a total of 3:36, each ending with him face-planting on the canvas.

With his current Affliction contract now expired, Affliction vice president Tom Atencio confirmed with Fighters Only that they will not offer him a new deal.

Although Arlovski holds a respectable 15-7 professional mark, he has fallen on some tough times of late. His downward spiral hit rock bottom against Brett Rogers at “Strikeforce : Lawler vs. Shields” earlier this month where he was slapped silly for 22-punishing seconds before the referee stopped the fight.

Prior to that loss, Arlovski looked sharp in the early ticks of his title fight against WAMMA heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” this past January. However, one risky flying-knee attempt later and Arlovski was put to bed with a looping right overhand.

Before his current two-loss skid, he had rolled off five consecutive W’s, all coming via knockout.

It was obvious why Atencio chose not to re-up with Arlovski as he has been one of the organization’s highest earners since its inception. Arlovski’s bill for beating Ben Rothwell at “Affliction: Banned” last July was $750,000, with $250,000 of that coming via a win bonus.

However, what must have really soured Affliction on him was the fact they had to shell out $1.5 million for Arlovski’s services against Emelianenko, a scrap that lasted all of 3:14.

At the tender age of 30, it is highly likely that Arlovski will get another shot somewhere, especially with his extensive resume. He has fought the who’s who of MMA heavyweights, however the days of cashing in paychecks similar to the ones signed by Atencio and Co. are long gone.

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