(Well, you sleep on the job as much as Andrei does and you’re bound to get fired at some point. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
Andrei Arlovski’s career options just got even slimmer. After suffering back-to-back first-round knockouts against Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers — both of which were humiliating in their own special ways — Affliction has declined to renew the Belarusian’s fight contract. Affliction VP Tom Atencio did his best to spare Andrei’s feelings:
Right. Affliction’s roster is just too deep. It’s not you, Andrei, it’s them. While this could be interpreted as evidence that Affliction won’t exist as an MMA promotion after their third event — why renew contracts with fighters when they won’t be fighting? — the simpler explanation is that Arlovski’s price tag no longer justifies his ring-value. (He earned $1.5 million for the Fedor fight alone.) If Affliction’s business model is based around Fedor, then Arlovski has already served his purpose by losing to him. And if he can be knocked out in 22 seconds by someone as green as Brett Rogers, how much longer can he be a compelling draw?
Since Andrei still doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with his chin, we’re guessing he’ll use this time of uncertainty to make his long-threatened transition to boxing. Which is great news — finally, we’ll get to see how the Klitschko brothers react to poorly-times flying knees…