After suffering his third straight defeat at the hands of Josh Barnett in the headlining bout of UFC Fight Night 93 in Hamburg Germany (see it again here), Andrei Arlovski wasted no time in saying his mixed martial arts (MMA) career is far from over.
During the post-fight presser (see it again here), "The Pitbull" gave props to his for for being the better man, but took pride in the fact that he withstood Josh's punches early and didn't get knocked out, suffering the first submission loss of his long career, instead.
"He was better man tonight," Arlovski said via MMA Fighting. "I lost third fight. "Now I'm going to take some time off and come back stronger. At least he didn't knock me out. He choked me and he has great wrestling skills. He was better man tonight," he added. "Thank you very much for the fight. Good luck to him in the future. I'm still top 10. So, it's totally up to my managers what's next for me and totally up to the UFC."
That said, Arlovski wasn't too pleased with his output in Germany, vowing to go back to the drawing board with his world-class coaching staff at Jackson-Wink MMA.
"Not so much, but it is what it is," he said. "Like I said, Josh was better man tonight. We're going to sit down with our coaches. We're going to see what was wrong during my camp and we're going to move forward. I'm still top 10 and I lost to guys who next weekend are going to fight for the title. Another guy, Josh Barnett, he's tough, no doubt."
Andrei's previous two losses came at the hands of Stipe Miocic and Alistiar Overeem, the two men who will fight for the division crown next weekend (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016)at UFC Fight Night 93 in Cleveland, Ohio. And as he prepares to see those two big men go for gold, you can bet the fire in his eyes will only intensify.
Fire that hasn't dwindled one bit on the heels of his current skid. "I still have fire in my eyes," he noted. "So, I'm ready to go."
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