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"The Pit Bull" Bio
Andrei "The PitBull" Arlovski (born February 4, 1979 in Minsk, Belarus) is a Belarusian mixed martial arts fighter and a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)heavyweight champion.A veteran of the UFC, he holds notable wins over such fighters as former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko, IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, former Cage Rage heavyweight champion and current Cage Rage British light heavyweight champion Ian Freeman, and three-time world Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Fabricio Werdum.
Growing Up Andrei "The PitBull" Arlovski grew up in Bobruisk, Belarus (MAYBE ADD HOW FAR THAT IS FROM MINSK?). When he was younger, bullies often picked on him and beat him up. Before the age of 14 the only sports Andrei had participated in were soccer and track & field. In 1994, he finally had enough and started lifting weights to put on muscle to help him deal with these bullies. At age 16 Andrei joined the four-year police academy program (similar to college in the USA)The Police Academy & Martial Arts It was at the police academy in Minsk and as a requirement for graduation, Andrei first started training in the Russian martial art of Sambo (similar to Judo), and quickly showed himself to be a highly competent and competitive. In 1999, Andrei won the European Youth Sambo Championship and later the World Youth Championship. Not long after, Andrei became one of the few - first Master of Sports, and then International Master of Sports. He also took a silver medal at the Sambo World Cup and another silver medal at the World Sambo Championship.
Andrei began taking a greater interest in other martial arts and at the age of 18 he began studying kickboxing and developing his striking skills to complement his Sambo based grappling abilities under legendary kickboxer Dmitry Stepanov. It was there Andrei met Andrei Dudko, US K-1 Champion, and became his training partner.At the age of 19, Arlovski began his professional MMA career at the Mix Fight M-1 in St Petersburg, Russia in April of 1999. It was a fairly inauspicious start, losing by knock out to Viacheslav Datsik. Not deterred, Arlovski returned in 2000 to M-1 at the European Championships, taking the heavyweight crown with a submission and a knockout victory.
Andrei Arlovski made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 28: "High Stakes", defeating Aaron Brink by submission. He was thrown in against top opposition early on in his UFC career, taking tough losses against future UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and heavyweight contender Pedro Rizzo. Despite those early defeats, notable wins over Ian Freeman and Vladimir Matyushenko propelled Arlovski back into the UFC elite.The motorcycle accident injury suffered by UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir in 2004 led to the creation of an "interim heavyweight title". It was decided that the two top heavyweight contenders would meet to declare the interim champion. On February 5, 2005 at UFC 51, Andrei would face the former heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia. The two competitors were well known for their hard hitting style, with Sylvia having won ten of his last twelve fights by KO or TKO. Andrei showed greater mobility and accuracy when striking. He connected with an overhand right and dropped Sylvia, following up with an ankle lock (a popular Sambo move) on the ground that forced Sylvia to tap out at 47 seconds of the first round, making Andrei "The PitBull" Arlovski the new UFC interim heavyweight champion.
Andrei defended his interim title on June 4, 2005 at UFC 53: Heavy Hitters, against Justin Eilers. He won the bout via TKO by strikes in the first round. After the fight, it was revealed that Justin Eilers suffered extensive injuries in this match including a badly broken nose, two broken hands and a complete ACL tear.
In October Andrei once again defended the interim heavyweight title at UFC 55: Fury, against top contender Paul Buentello. He knocked Paul out in 15 seconds of the opening round. On August 12, 2005, the UFC announced that it now recognized Andrei "The PitBull" Arlovski as the UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.
In 2006 Andrei was introduced to Sean Bormet and John Kading and began training in wrestling at "Overtime Training Center". In the fall of 2008, Andrei teamed up with "Overtime" to create "Andrei Arlovski&squot;s Overtime MMA Training Center the home of Team PitBull".
Andrei left the UFC in 2008 after completing his contract with a record of 9-4 and an overall MMA record of 13-5.
Later, it was officially announced Andrei Arlovski had signed a 3-fight contract with Affliction. He participated in their first fight card "Affliction: Banned" on July 19 in Anaheim, California. Andrei faced former IFL heavyweight standout Ben Rothwell who was riding a 13 fight win streak and was ranked by Sherdog as the #10 best heavyweight fighter in the world. Andrei won the crowd by his onslaught of punches and knees and the bout by KO.
On October 4, 2008, in a MMA event promoted by EliteXC that aired live from Sunrise, FL on CBS Andrei fought and earned a victory via KO over IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson.
Andrei's success lead to a WAMMA title shot versus the #1 ranked and virtually undefeated heavyweight champion, Fedor Emlianenko on January 25th 2009. After a dominating first round and the goal of ending Fedor's reign in a defining fashion, Andrei went for his signature-flying knee only to be caught by Fedor's overhand right.
Regrouping after the loss to Fedor and a loss to Brett Rogers, Arlovski took to film where director John Hyams casted him as a lead role in Universal Soldier: Regeneration with Dolph Lundgren Jean-Claude Van Damme.
In March of 2010 Arlovski announced the signing of a 16 month contract with Strikeforce and a fight versus Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva on May 15th 2010 in St. Louis, Mo.
Andrei currently lives and trains in Chicago, but regularly goes out to LA to train with boxing coach Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza. In Chicago he constantly works with his long time boxing coach Michael Garcia at his gym called "JABB", and his strength training is supervised by Tim Allegetti at "West Loop Gym". Since Andrei's first visit to Chicago, for the last 8 years he has been training in jiu jitsu with Dino Costeas at "POW".