Sorry "Pitbull" fans, but the former UFC Heavyweight Champion is no longer participating in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 from Olympic Park on Oct. 2 in Seoul.
Arlovski was expected to face Romanian kickboxer Raul Catinas on the HDNet televised event.
While the Belarusian didn't provide any details into the reason behind his withdrawal, Head Kick Legend is hearing that a possible broken nose may be the culprit:
The word has been spreading around that Arlovski has possibly suffered an injury in training, which could account for the last minute change in the card. The injury being talked about is a broken nose, and while broken noses in fighting are not uncommon at all, one before a fight could be detrimental for Arlovski, as a broken nose can lead to swelling of the nose as well as the eye, making it difficult to see. A simple tap on the nose could cause swelling and ruin his vision.
Then again, it should be noted that reports have surfaced that point to K-1's refusal to shell out the neccessary green to secure a fighter as widely recognized as Arlovski -- even in spite of hsi recent shortcomings inside the cage.
From MMA Fighting:
There's been no announcement from K-1 or explanation from Arlovski, but reports have been rampant in recent months that K-1 simply can't afford to pay top-level fighters the kind of money they want to make.
Salary? Injury? No one can say for sure at this time, but the fans (and ultimately Arlovski) miss out on a chance to see what kind of impact he can make overseas in the world's top striking organization.
At least for now.