ProElite: Andrei Arlovski will look to show the world that this 'Pit Bull' still has some bite

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You can take the dog out of the fight, but you can't take the fight out of the dog.

On Saturday, Aug. 27 (2011), former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski will look to recapture some of his past glory at ProElite 1 as he faces Ray Lopez.

"The Pitbull" was once a force to be reckoned with. He became famous for his fearsome fanged mouth-guard as well as his knockout power.  

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Arlovski has lost his last four fights in a row. Three of the four ended with Arlovski unconscious on the canvas. Fans and critics have questioned his chin. No one wants to see a fighter seriously injured in the ring or cage.

Quite frankly, Arlovski's getting kind of sick of hearing about it.

During a recent press conference, Arlovski lashed out when asked about his recent string of knockout losses.

"Come on, let's be f---ing serious. I'm already sick of f---ing stupid questions about head injuries and a weak chin. It's f---ing bulls--- and honestly, it pisses me off. Who says? I don't know. I'm feeling great. I'm in good shape and everything's fine. Do I look like a f---ing retired person or something? I don't understand. Next question."

On Saturday night, Arlovski will have an opportunity to silence the critics and prove he can still fight. The flip-side of the coin is a dangerous one. 

Arlovski's opponent, Lopez, currently holds a record of 5-2 as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Lopez has been training hard and feels he is up to the task.

"I've just been training literally nonstop. Eight to ten hours a day, sometimes from eight in the morning to nine at night. Going from here to other gyms. I sleep, wake up and do it again. Any place that will take me, I'll go. This is a very big step, so I have to make sure I'm ready."

Lopez will also be giving up a decent amount of size to Arlovski. That doesn't bother him.

"There's really no way for me to make up the size difference. I just have a lot of heavier people (to spar with) that come in at like 265, 285. He (Arlovski) likes keeping his distance. He doesn't like the in-close type thing. He likes to keep the arm distance, because that's where his power is, so, my gameplan is to stay tight to his body."

What do you think, Maniacs? Will Saturday night be the beginning of Arlovski's heroic comeback or the end of the road?

Sound off!

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