Although Andrei Arlovski has fought in world title fights and battled several of the sport’s top heavyweights, one could argue that his WSOS 5 tilt with Mike Kyle tonight is right up there in terms of importance. Despite the fact Arlovski has gone 4-1 (with 1 NC) since he lost four straight a few years back, he is coming off a decision loss to Anthony Johnson. A loss versus Kyle, particularly a stoppage defeat, would be a severe setback for a man who still hopes to return to the UFC.
Kyle has had ups and downs throughout his career, but there’s little question that the UFC vet has considerable stopping power. Despite Kyle’s reputation as a finisher, Arlovski recently relayed to Bloody Elbow that “MAK” can forget about scoring a KO win.
First of all, I like what I’m doing right now. I like training hard and most importantly I like to be able to fight. Mike Kyle should give up, because he will not knock me out.
He’s a good striker, he’s got a quick jab and a good right hand. I have to stay away from his right hand. I got this opportunity on a few weeks notice, but my training has been great. My main sparring partner was Jon Jones, and I trained a lot with him, it’s gone very well.
Training with one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighters can’t hurt. That’s for sure. It’s going to be an interesting night.
WSOF 5 will be hosted by the Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City and will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
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