Now that it's been revealed Cain Velasquez will get an immediate rematch against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (details), the rest of the title contenders can concentrate on getting fights booked.
One of them is Andrei Arlovski, who is lined up to face Frank Mir at UFC 191 on Sept. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's a showdown between former champions that was made prior to the "Velasquez vs. Werdum 2" announcement.
But, if you think "Pitbull" was bummed he didn't get first crack at newly-minted champion "Vai Cavalo," you are highly-mistaken. That's because as long as he gets more fights on a consistent basis to pay his bills, title shots can take a back seat.
Check out his words (via MMA Junkie):
"I wasn't upset. For me, it's more important right now to fight as often as possible. I need to pay bills, I need to support my family. It's not necessary to have the next fight for the title. Of course, it would be great. But, I have to fight another dangerous fighter right now -- Frank Mir. I'm very excited about it, and I'm ready to go."
Even though he wanted it, Arlovski didn't expect such a quick-turnaround, seeing as how as he just recently took out Travis Browne this past May.
"I was kind of surprised. I had hoped I might fight somewhere around the end of September or middle of October. Right after my fight against Travis Browne, I took a couple weeks off. Then I came back to the gym and did some cardio stuff and lifted some weights. I started the camp in good shape, so I'm very happy about that."
Known as one of the best Heavyweight submission artists in the game today, Mir has the ability to make the best of them tapout. It's a fact not lost on Arlovski, but he knows he has to be weary of Mir's striking, too, as evidenced by his previous two knockout victories over Antonio Silva and Todd Duffee.
Then again, fighting on the feet is Arlovski's specialty, so fans are sure to be in for some fireworks come fight night.
For more on UFC 191 -- which features a Flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson -- click here.