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Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia 4 Booked for ONE FC; Soa Palelei Out Due to Contract Dispute

(* Sylvia’s physique subject to change.)

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. News broke this morning that heavyweight arch-rivals Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia — who previously faced each other in three UFC title fights in 2005-2006, with Sylvia winning the last two — will fight for the fourth time at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation, August 31st in Manila. Arlovski was originally slated to fight Australian bruiser Soa “The Hulk” Palelei at the event, but as Palelei tweeted to us earlier today, ONE FC wouldn’t let him fight unless he signed a five-fight contract. And as everybody knows, a Hulk needs his freedom.

Though both the Pitbull and the Maine-iac endured their share of setbacks during their post-UFC careers, both men are currently riding win streaks. Arlovski scored back-to-back knockouts of Ray Lopez and Travis Fulton while competing in ProElite last year, while Sylvia has won his last three bouts, most recently a 12-second TKO of Randy Smith. And while you might see this match as a relatively meaningless nostalgia fight, for Arlovski it’s still very, very real. As he said earlier this year:

I would love to fight pee-pee taste…I beat him once and he beat me twice and it’s personal. He’s the only person in the word I really want to fight; really, really fight, it’d be a nasty fight. I don’t want to talk about what would happen in the fight, he’s a piece of shit and I’d just try to kick his blah blah blah.”

Will Arlovski even the score? Will Timmy take another step toward the UFC comeback that continues to elude him? Let us know what you think in the comments section, and re-watch their first two fights after the jump…

(Arlovski def. Sylvia via achilles lock, 0:47 of round 1, at UFC 51, 2/5/05.)

(Sylvia def. Arlovski via TKO, 2:43 of round 1, at UFC 59, 4/15/06.)

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Mr_Misanthropy- August 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm
I was quoting Goldberg from the second video by the way. Right before he says Arlovski is looking for body shots that only Goldberg can see.

Arlovski's fucked. Sylviahr's been taking down crackheads and neutralizing drunken fat ladies just for fun lately.

"Dis heyah is Tim Sylviahr wit dah Mee-lahn pohlice dehpahtment! Drop da beeyah and put yah fawckin hands in dah ayah!I will shoot, muthafuckah, I will shoot!"
Mr_Misanthropy- August 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Mike Goldberg: "And remember Sylvia set up that submission with the right hand that rocked Sylvia."

And then all fired up for the rubber match I bought the PPV for UFC 61 and invited people over to watch it... *sigh*...
SquidInk- August 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm
You're going to think I'm absolutely batshit insane for this prediction, but I'm serious: Timmay is going to KO Arlovski. Yes, you read that right. Andrei's chin has gotten worse and worse over time. It won't be pretty, but it will happen.
Qlay- August 3, 2012 at 9:34 am
Sylvia got this via first round flying diarrhea ass cracker.
angry little feet- August 3, 2012 at 8:59 am
Oh i hope so much that Andrei beats short-bus-silvia so badly that i never have to see him again. Ever. Probably won't happen though. Poor Andei. I miss the beast that he used to seem to be.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- August 3, 2012 at 8:58 am
Damn, I was hoping you were going to show their third fight, because I felt like watching the worst MMA fight of all time....
Crow42- August 3, 2012 at 8:05 am
Funny that on the poster , Tim is covering up his grotesque abdominal area lol
Ten Ounce- August 3, 2012 at 7:53 am
(4:38) Looks like he was "Tebowing" before Tebow. I shall call it "Arlovski'ing" from now on
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- August 3, 2012 at 7:37 am
Is that fat fuck Sylvia going to actually try to make 265??....Oh, sorry, no fighter bashing...wait, I'm not on pussy ass Sherdog.........fuck that guy
Bergaust_Vestre- August 3, 2012 at 7:30 am
if only Arlovski`s fight game would rise up to his badass appearance. I say he TKOs Sylvia with frontkick screaming this... is... Manila!!
Fried Taco- August 3, 2012 at 7:20 am
Wow, if Tim wins this one is back in the UFC for sure!!
Fletch the V Stretch- August 3, 2012 at 7:35 am
Do you like your tacos plain or with a side of sarcasm?
Fletch the V Stretch- August 3, 2012 at 7:19 am
I hope Arlovski KO's this can!!!! I have always been a huge Pitbull fan and still am, even though he is no longer the force he once was. Will always be a fan and hope he sends the big goofy fuck back to the gym for "hardcore training" Enjoy: