It looks like Andrei ‘The Pitbull’ Arlovski is returning to UFC

UFC President Dana White (Felipe Dana/AP) UFC President Dana White (Felipe Dana/AP)

Andrei Arlovski, the fearsome mixed martial arts fighter known as “The Pitbull,” might be back in the UFC again soon. UFC President Dana White welcomed back the 35-year-old Belarusian and former UFC heavyweight champion Thursday night on Twitter.

The 240-pound-plus behemoth spent the last six years in floating around various promotions after his original UFC contract expired. Most recently, he had been in the World Series of Fighting, a competing mixed martial arts organization, where he was immediately one of the biggest names. His WSOF contract ended recently, MMAJunkie reports, which freed up Arlovski to return to the sport’s biggest promotion.

The date of his first UFC return bout has yet to be determined, but according to, officials already have something in mind:

“[A] source close to negotiations [said] that Arlovski Arlovski [21-10 MMA, 10-4 UFC] was released from his contract with World Series of Fighting and is targeted for a UFC 174 bout opposite Brendan Schaub (10-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC). The source asked not to be named because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.”

Intriguing. If that match happens, it’ll go down in Vancouver and be televised live on pay-per-view, FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass on June 14.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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