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Andrei Arlovski Homeless After Affliction Decides Not to Renew His Contract

Andrei Arlovski Brett Rogers MMA Affliction
(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:

“His contract has expired and right now we have so many fighters under contract that we are just concentrating on working with them…No, we are not looking at [pursuing a new contract with Arlovski] right now.” 
 



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…

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Chri534.- June 24, 2009 at 1:35 am
I meant to say Carano's (or any other fighter for that matter)

I'm just sick of the metaphor and it's poor writing at this point.
Chri534.- June 24, 2009 at 1:32 am
I haven't read any of the comments on this, but Ben's, please don't phrase Gina Carano's new situation as, "finding a new home". I read this article earlier, and later I read a few more articles about other things, and I've grown sick of the expression. The expression was fine here for this article, but I've seen it enough now elsewhere so many times that if you guys make an article about "finding a new home somewhere else" I'm going to want to punch my balls repeatedly for at least 5 minutes to stop the anguish.

I'm sure you won't though; but I was pissed off enough at reading three articles in a row on other sites using the same phrase. I mean come on, have some creativity!
LISPING TITO- June 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm
u really think so? loss to fedor was legitimate but to brett rogers ? i think he's way better than rogers, he got caught on both fights. he is still young and got sick skills, could it be, that he has the same syndrome that Vera had, once they get paid the big bucks they start to lose fights and engage in a boring style of fighting.
Jonny5- June 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm
Arlovski vs loser of rogers overeem
Dmonicideals- June 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm
Yeah, so, pretty much anyone would have gotten KOed by the last 2 punches AA took (one from fedor, one from Brett), he needs to get back to his bread and butter, grapping, and get away from that half-blind idiot boxer that tells him punching is the only way. If Fedor had though for a millisecond that AA would try a takedown, he might not have thrown that punch and got KOed by trying to block a shot, and the same with Rogers. He needs to get hit less, take people down more. Go with what you know, especially when you stay getting yer face punched off.
Joedirt- June 23, 2009 at 4:42 pm
Amazing what one bad decision can do... (jumping in sloppy on Fedor).... not taking anything away from Fedor... (not that I could! and I am a fan) but up until Andrei jumped in reckless.... he was winning that fight.
Rodney- June 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm
@NECROPHYTE

or

How tastes Ramon Noodles?
mayhem- June 23, 2009 at 11:54 am
@Bringbackbabalu -
Dude I saw his fights and watched the UFC well before TUF.
He fough allot of guys below his level look at his record.
Also Timmay ran through him in the 1st rematch just as fast as he did to Tim in the first fight. Yea he finished his fights... but he also got finished by top guys more than he beat them. He was a killer vs guys that were below him, but guys on his level or over he struggled with.
Bare Grappler- June 23, 2009 at 11:37 am
For a long time few heavyweights tried MMA. The invention of weight classes saw this. Now we have college wrestlers and football players who are actually +250lb athletes that could all beat Fedor. Mir will lose his next 3 fights and retire to the booth (I think he does a good job in the booth by the way) and we will see the era of original heavyweights like the era of baseball before Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.
Bootylam- June 23, 2009 at 10:37 am
Poor bringbackbabalu, you must burn all the food you try to cook because you can't see when something's done!
ArmFarmer- June 23, 2009 at 10:34 am
Nice caption, I lol'd
UFC fan- June 23, 2009 at 10:20 am
who gives a shit hes a millionaire.
a washed up one, but still a rich fucker.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- June 23, 2009 at 9:34 am
@BringBackBabalu...

You live in SoFla? I live right by ATT.
Swedish- June 23, 2009 at 9:33 am
Goes to show how smart Dan White is.

He dumped AA and Timmay. AssFliction spent tons of money on both fighters and now have NOTHING to show for it. Both fighters are down the drain.

UFC knows how to run a business, others don't.
Sheps- June 23, 2009 at 9:30 am
Don't count Arlovski out man, chances are the UFC will sign him. Remember the whole thing with the only regret Dana made throughout his UFC career was letting Andrei get away.

Well they got a chance to get him back now, with a huge price cut to boot.
NECROPHYTE- June 23, 2009 at 9:29 am
How tastes unemployment?
Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 23, 2009 at 9:26 am
How quickly the mighty have fallen...

Tim Sylvia: At this point, nobody wants to touch him with a ten-foot polecat. How did a 4-time UFC champ (minus one for failing his pee-pee-pee test) end up getting knocked out by a 50 year old man in 11 seconds?

Arlovski: Even Affliction doesn't want you? Dude, get on the phone to Strikeforce FAST and tell them you're reconsidering their offer. When Strikforce says they'll pay you half of what you talked about before, take it.

Randy Couture: He's back in the UFC! He got smashed by Brock! Wait, he still has one fight left on his contract

......we're still waiting?

All of this leads me to an important point: Seeing how hard it is to keep a winning record in MMA, doesn't this just make Fedor's and Anderson Silva's records even more compelling?

The fact that there are still Fedor bashers out there astounds me.
Dubbayoo- June 23, 2009 at 9:24 am
I don't necessarily disagree w/ everyone about his chin... But despite all his boxing skills, he seems to leave that suspect chin wide open for shots that would knock a lot of people out. Maybe it's more of a wrong-place/wrong time with his chin. Wrong place: cage/ring. Wrong time: fight. between bells. huh
Bringbackbabalu- June 23, 2009 at 9:22 am
As for the Andrei hype, go watch every one of his UFC fights, and how crazy the crown use to go. Andrei use to be my favorite fighter, he use to go out there with the crazy hair and vampire fangs and he just killed people. He lost to Rizzo and Ricco in like his first few fights. FFS he was like in his 5th fight, and he was against a top 5 guy, and he made it to the end of the fight before he got stopped. Then they gave him another top 5 guy and he did the same. Keep in mind after that he went through his next 6 or 7 opponents in about 15 minuted total, all by finish. If you didn't think there was hype when he ran through Tim Sylvia for the title in about 30 seconds, then you are just stupid. Guess it would be hard for you to understand the UFC when guys like Andrei were headlining and there was no TUF.
Dubbayoo- June 23, 2009 at 9:19 am
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Bringbackbabalu- June 23, 2009 at 9:16 am
Considering Affliction only has 1 more show coming anyway, with little or no future in the eyes of many, I don't think this is a big blow for Arlovski. I can guarantee he can fight in the UFC, Strikeforce, Sengoku, Dream, or anywhere else he wants if he doesnt get greedy. If he stops worry so much about boxing, as he said he will, and goes out there and gets a few big wins, he will be right back on top. He might not have the best chin against HWs, which isn't saying much. It's not like the old days where HW fighters were a bunch of bums, they train like true mma fighters today. The problem wasn't as much Arlovski's chin, I imagine almost anyone would have been KOd by the flying knee aka flying facebutt into Fedors fist. The point is he needs to be smart and not make those stupid mistakes.

Look and Mirko, he has even less of a chin than Arlovski, and he does ok. Arlovski is very well rounded, he has great takedowns and wrestling, and a great ground game. Also a great clinch game, I want to see him start mixing that up with his long distance fighting. Boxing is the most basic style of striking, I don't care what anyone says, a true martial artist is going to walk through the best boxer just as they would anyone else. Machida isn't just some amazing gifted freak of nature. It is the system he has followed for his whole life. Someone like Arlovski has been into some form of martial arts for most of his life, and he is still a young guy. To all the people saying Andrei is finished, get a grip on reality! He is a great fighter and a classy guy, just wish him the best and I hope he can maybe switch up his training. Get Andrei down here to ATT. Or send him out to New Mexico.
agentsmith- June 23, 2009 at 9:14 am
Looks like he might end up fighting in Strikeforce a few more times.

Or he can go to DREAM and fight Cro-Cop, that'd be a decent matchup.
mayhem- June 23, 2009 at 9:14 am
I never got the hype on this guy. He lost to Ricco and Rizzo back to back and beat Timmay once has a win or Rothwell (overrated) and Nelson which was sketchy since he got that gift of a stand up while Roy was working a sub.
Just never got the hype.
prodigy2k7- June 23, 2009 at 8:50 am
That sucks. He is still a sick fighter and a big name in MMA. He should take a break, switch gyms, and re-learn his art. He is so young still. Give it a couple years and come back strong. I just hope he didn't burn through his past winnings on flashy necklaces and pointy teeth.
Fedor vs. Bas- June 23, 2009 at 8:49 am
HAHA "Sleeps on the job"

I used to like Andrei, his fangs were enough of a prop to not seem corny and over the top like WWF style, but a great way to create a persona. Too bad his jaw is made out of fabriche eggs.
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