Andrei Arlovski and Carlos Felipe faced off in a Heavyweight clash tonight (Sat., Oct. 16, 2021) at UFC Vegas 40 from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Arlovski opened the fight with a series of kicks, pumping out feints before digging into the thigh or poking the mid-section. Felipe was having a hard time find the range with his hands, and Arlovski landed a heavy body kick. Felipe started kicking himself and found a bit of success. Arlovski started using his kick and stance shift feints to fire his right hand over the top. Felipe chased his foe around the cage and landed the occasional punch, but he failed to cut off the cage. Arlovski finished off a strong round with a nice blitz and stiff jab.
Arlovski’s assault on his foe’s lead leg continued into the second. Felipe wisely answered with some body shots, and he landed a good combo near the fence. Arlovski rolled under his foe’s right a few times, showing off his head movement before returning to the kicks. Felipe was generally getting a bit closer with his punches in this round. Though Arlovski was a bit less mobile than in the first five minutes, he was still landing at a higher clip. Felipe lands a few good shots in the closing seconds of the round.
Felipe pressured heavily to start the third, and Arlovski was much more stationary. The Brazilian pushed his foe into the fence and landed a knee. Body shot from Felipe. Arlovski took a hard counter while throwing a low kick and hit the mat, but the veteran was able to return to his feet. Arlovski put together a nice combo in the open. Arlovski landed a nice clinch knee of his own before the action stalled along the fence. The two trade one last time before each man raises his hands at the bell.
Once again, Arlovski has turned back the clock to take a win off a Heavyweight up-and-comer. Even in 2021, being a straightforward brawler is rarely enough to overcome the veteran!
Result: Andrei Arlovski defeats Carlos Felipe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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