Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White enthusiastically announced the return of former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski earlier this year, before booking him against Brendan Schaub on the main card of the UFC 174 pay-per-view (PPV) event on June 14, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (results).
And "The Pitbull" returned the favor with a lame-duck performance against "Big Brown" (lowlights here)
Arlovski (22-10) escaped the Rogers Arena with a split-decision win, but was unhappy with his effort, telling the mixed martial arts (MMA) media (video here) he feels "really horrible" for his 15-minute stinker, particularly after being away for more than six years.
"Honestly, I felt and still feel really horrible. I'm glad Dana White isn't here because he's probably so pissed at me. He gave me a great opportunity, and I didn't like my performance, my fight, tonight. For some reason, I was nervous a lot. Before the fight when I stepped in the Octagon, my legs and hands shook for some reason. I was just nervous. It was like the first time I fought 14 years ago. My plan was to knock him out, and it was left up to the judges. But like I said, I wasn't happy with my performance tonight. Next time, I promise I'll do much better."
White was indeed pissed, according to the fiery post-fight interview he gave to FOX Sports (watch it here).
Arlovski is likely to end up on the "Prelims" for his next fight, something White regrets not doing for his Schaub bout last weekend in Canada. It will be interesting to see where "The Pitbull" ranks -- if at all -- and who the promotion decides to pair him off against next.
Are you willing to give him a mulligan?