Prior to UFC it was believed Andrei Arlovski would be next in line for a title shot against either Randy Couture or Gabriel Gonzaga following UFC 74 in August but according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times this is no longer the case. Here’s what it had to say:
“UFC president Dana White said that he was disappointed with Chicago-based heavyweight Andrei Arlovski’s victory April 21 and that Arlovski is not next in line for a title shot.”
Many fans were pretty upset after his lackluster unanimous decision victory over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 70. The fight featured a lack of action which drew boos from most in attendance. He went on to apologize to fans in an interview right after the fight but stated he was only following the instructions of his coaches. Although the advice earned him a win it may have also cost him a title shot.
Now that Dana White has taken Arlovski out of the title hunt, at least for the time being, there are no locks for the next in line although upcoming UFC events should help the UFC determine who is the most deserving of the title shot. I’ll have more whenever we hear rumblings of potential replacements for the likely early 2008 heavyweight title fight.