Doing endless media appearances leading up to your fight isn’t any athlete’s idea of a good time, but they do it anyways because they’re part of the job. Maybe the Conor McGregors and Ronda Rouseys of the sport get to skip it, but everyone else still has to show up on the morning shows and sports programs to keep Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) happy.
In this case, former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski showed up for his media interview with a Russian show, but ditched out shortly after when they played a clip of his knockout loss to Alistair Overeem while introducing him. Watch here:
“We are live, right?” Arlovski asks before walking off stage (via MMA_Russia). “OK, let’s just stop this interview. You are rooting only for the Russian fighters. Thank you, good bye.”
Arlovski, originally from Belarus, is facing Russia’s Shamil Abdurakhimov at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night Moscow card on Sept. 15, 2018. And while you’d think being an Eastern Bloc member would be enough to make you part of the home team, Arlovski is definitely feeling like there’s favoritism toward Abdurakhimov being displayed in this particular interview.