Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski was facing a possible six-month suspension for damage incurred in his UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) fight opposite Frank Mir (watch it), which took place last Saturday night (Sept. 5, 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"The Pitbull" is bruised but not broken, according to his conversation with Submission Radio:
"Everything's okay. I saw the doctor today, a couple of hours ago, and it's just bruised and that's it. Nothing's injured bad. I'm not seriously injured or some broken bones or something. It's just a bruise. I'm not gonna start [training] earlier than October because obviously I wanna have to rest, and after that it's up to the UFC. I'm ready to fight around December, January. So it's totally up to the UFC."
He's not the only heavyweight planning a December return.
Unfortunately for the Belarusian, his rematch against Fabricio Werdum will have to be put on hold, as "Vai Cavalo" is expected to rematch former division titleholder Cain Velasquez, after the Brazilian captured the crown earlier this year in Mexico City.