Andrei Arlovski before his fight with Tim Sylvia at ONE FC 5. Photo via BE's own Anton Tabuena.
As of two days ago Frank Mir became the latest Zuffa fighter to suffer an injury, the Strikeforce superfight between him and Daniel Cormier was off the cards. There's no replacement yet, but Fabricio Werdum has put his hat in the ring as a potential challenger for the SF Grand Prix winner. Yesterday, former UFC heavyweight champion and Strikeforce fighter Andrei Arlovski also offered to step in on short notice. MMA Fighting has the info:
"I'm getting a lot of tweets about fighting (Daniel Cormier)," former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski tweeted yesterday. "And if the fans want to see it, I'm sure we can make it happen!"
Arlovski eventually deleted his initial tweet, however his timeline quickly became inundated with a flood of retweets and quotes from fans calling for "The Pitbull" to return to his old Strikeforce stomping grounds.
Arlovski has knocked out his last 3 opponents (Travis Fulton, Ray Lopez, and Tim Sylvia) but ONE FC wasn't too keen on him soccer-kicking Sylvia without filling out an application form to the referee, and that was ruled a no-contest.
There's pretty much no depth at heavyweight outside of the top 5, so any replacement for Mir except Werdum will be a massive underdog. Personally, I'd rather see Werdum vs. Cormier as it'd be a legitimate test for Cormier if not an upgrade from fighting Mir, who is coming off a lopsided KO loss. There's a good chance Cormier would stop Arlovski, but it'd still be a decent name for him to add to his victory list (provided he wins of course) as we all await his entry into the UFC.