Arlovski was looking to continue his recent career resurgence after a rough patch from 2010-2011, and he did so in powerful fashion.
Cole was no match for "The Pitbull" on the feet, unable to land anything significant but that was obvious. What really mattered was his inability to handle Arlovski with his clinch and wrestling attack.
Arlovski kept proper distance and was constantly looking to let his hands go with crisp combinations while utilizing proper head movement. After a failed takedown attempt from Cole along the fence, it was obvious that things were not going to end well for the American Top Team fighter.
Once Arlovski finally created some separation after an extended clinch, a frustrated Cole stepped inside a bit recklessly and he paid for it, eating a hard right hand to the temple that send him tumbling to the ground.
A few hammer fists later and it was all over.
For Devin Cole, he simply was not going to win this fight if he couldn't take Arlovski down or get in any significant offense in the clinch. He got in deep on a takedown attempt, lifting the former UFC champion's leg high up in the air, but he couldn't finish the takedown and it was only a matter of time from that point on.
For Andrei Arlovski, he looked sharp. His footwork was solid to keep him out of range of easy takedown attempts and his takedown defense was on point, showcasing solid balance when Cole committed to putting him on the canvas. The second he saw an opening to land with power as Cole waded in too deep, he capitalized and put him down for good.
So what was your take on the main event, Maniacs?
Did you think Arlovski returned to form? Or was this almost too easy for the former UFC champion?