Are you ready for more Andrei Arlovski? The UFC is, so much so that they've made him the headliner for their 51st edition of Fight Night. The Pitbull will be facing off against Antonio Silva in a rematch that will take place on September 13th. Their first fight, four years back and under the Strikeforce banner, was a pretty action packed affair that saw Silva take a unanimous decision.
The question you may be asking yourself is, "why?" After a pretty lackluster performance against Brendan Schaub at UFC 174, why turn right around and have him headline a card? MMA Junkie reports UFC president, Dana White's explanation for the turnaround,
"I was disappointed in both of their performances," White said of Arlovski (22-10 MMA, 11-4 UFC) and Schaub. "It doesn't mean the guys are never going to fight again. I just let them know how I felt. The fight sucked. I've got Schaub hitting me up telling me that he got robbed. I'm like, ‘No, we got robbed.'"
"Guys have bad nights," White said. "It's not like I hate Brendan Schaub or Andrei Arlovski because of it. I just hated that fight. You guys know how it is; I'll always let guys know how I feel about a fight.
"For anybody to be complaining about being robbed in that fight...believe me, I've seen some robberies, and that wasn't a robbery. That could go either way, and at the end of the day, nobody would give a s-t, because the fight was terrible."
UFC Fight Night 51 takes place September 13th in Brasilia, Brazil.