Andrei Arlovski is set to visit Greg Jackson’s MMA Academy in Albuquerque, N.M., for a 10-day training camp in the coming weeks.
The former UFC heavyweight champion will be joined by his jiu-jitsu instructor Dino Costeas and will continue his primary training under the Team Pitbull moniker out of Chicago. However, the former sambo champion is hoping to pick up some new skills from Jackson, his staff and his formidable stable of athletes to rebound from back-to-back knockout losses.
Jackson said Arlovski is likely to clock in gym time with UFC regulars Keith Jardine and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, as well as heavyweights like “The Ultimate Fighter 10” participants Brendan Schaub and James McSweeney.
“We’re super excited having an athlete as high-level as Andrei coming down to work with us,” said Jackson. “We’re hoping that we can help each other out and make it a situation that’s mutually beneficial. Everybody’s really excited about having him come work with the team."
Arlovski, 30, fought 15 times in the UFC between 2000-2008 and went 11-4 for the promotion. He earned key victories against Vladimir Matyushenko, Tim Sylvia, Paul Buentello, Marcio Cruz and Fabricio Werdum. His only losses in the Octagon came to Pedro Rizzo, Ricco Rodriguez and Sylvia (twice).
The road has been winding for Arlovski since he left the UFC in mid 2008.
The Belarusian, who’s sharpened his fast hands and footwork with Mike Garcia and most recently Freddie Roach, was victorious in his debut for Affliction in July 2008, as he knocked out Ben Rothwell in impressive fashion.
Arlovski bolstered his stock with a second-round knockout over former IFL champion Roy Nelson the following October when he was loaned out to EliteXC for a bout that aired on CBS.
The victory, Arlovski’s fifth in a row, set up a showdown with No. 1 ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.
Though he fared well in the early going, Arlovski was knocked out by Emelianenko as he rushed in with a dicey flying knee late in the first frame.
Arlovski was stunned by heavyweight upstart Brett Rogers with a trio of punches in 22 seconds at Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Arlovski is currently in negotiations for his next bout and plans a return in December or January.
I'm glad to hear he's making some changes to his training. I think training with the guys at Jackson's camp are going to do wonders for him.
If they're bringing in AA for a 10 day training camp.... one of Jackson's fighters might have made it to the finals...
Holy shit seems like everyone is training there
NHB USA - If they're bringing in AA for a 10 day training camp.... one of Jackson's fighters might have made it to the finals...
schaub looked good in his fight.
Maybe they are preparing Schaub for a fight against a big muscular guy with a beard and a glass jaw in Kimbo so they brought in Arlovski.
i kid i kid
It's great to see Arlovski switch it up. Get away from Freddie Roach and train with the best MMA coach there is.
Its about time.
Roach doesnt know shit bout MMA but the god Greg Jackson does. A very nice asset to that camp.
hopefully Jackson is also a surgeon and he can implant a steel plate on Arlovski's chin
AA would be a beast if he had a chin but thats not the case and it realy sucks
i have always wondered about AA's bjj. i know AA has been with dino for close to 9 years and dino is a hell of a bjj instructor but where is AA's ground game. he is supposed to be a sambo expert too...
His glaring weakness cant be fixed by a new camp.
supersonic - His glaring weakness cant be fixed by a new camp.
I hope he works and continues training, maybe it'll be good for him...
how do you fix a glass chin?
kepp hitting it?
is it a nerve thing?
needs a new one of these..
Andre's problem = ____________ ?
Here's a hint: "Not by the hair of my ___, _, ____."
A glass chin can be helped by making a gameplan where you take someone down.
a couple of wins maybe AA back to the ufc..