Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 111 blew the roof of Singapore Indoor Stadium this past Saturday (June 17, 2017) in Kallang, Singapore on UFC Fight Pass digital network.
Plenty of fighters were feeling the post-fight blues, including Bethe Correia, who was knocked out by Holly Holm in the third round of their headlining fight, which was only magnified by the fact that “Pitbull” was taunting “The Preacher’s Daughter” just seconds before getting slept (recap here).
And Tarec Saffieidne, who couldn’t give Rafael dos Anjos a rude welcome into the welterweight division, as “RDA” outworked him for three rounds to earn the nod on the judges’ scorecards.
But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?
Going into his Heavyweight showdown against Marcin Tybura, Arlovski had dropped four straight, all via devastating stoppages. Many wondered how “AA” held on to a spot on the crowded UFC roster following such a streak, but, it’s easy to see that perhaps his past accomplishments in the fight game carried him through the storm.
Whether or not that will be good enough to earn him another fight inside the cage moving forward will be a tough one, as “The Pitbull” has now lost five straight after coming up short against Tybura in a back-and-forth scrap (recap).
Five straight defeats isn’t the easiest of things for any fighter to cope with, especially one that has been in the fight game as long as Andrei has. Look, I’m far from qualified to tell a trained fighter when it’s time to hang them up, as I personally wouldn’t like it if someone just came out of nowhere and took my keyboard from under my fingertips, but after a long winless drought, the thought has to at least be creeping in, right?
Arlovski previous defeats came against the best-of-the best, current champions, rising contenders and longtime veterans. Losing against Marcin isn’t nothing to hang your head over, but the fact remains he is nowhere near he level of Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett and only had three fights inside the Octagon up until last night.
It will be an interesting couple of weeks and months for Arlovski and the promotion, as they will undoubtedly have a few sitdowns to determine the next course of action. Will they part ways? Will Arlovski decided it’s time to do something else? Will the former 265-pound champion try his luck elsewhere? Or will he actually get one more try to right his ship?
Time will tell.