UFC Fight Night 51 Preview: Silva-Arlovski Set For Main Event


Antonio Silva and Andrei ArlovskiBRASILIA, Brazil – No. 4 heavyweight contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-5, 1 NC) will take on No. 14 contender Andrei “Pit Bull” Arlovski (22-10, 1 NC) as the main event of UFC Fight Night 51 on Saturday night. Both fighters look to put recent lack of success behind them and surge ahead in the UFC Fighter Rankings in a five round heavyweight bout available on UFC Fight Pass.

Silva lost his first UFC fight to current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez (13-1) in a first round stoppage at UFC 146. “Bigfoot” responded with back-to-back wins by stoppage of his own, the first coming against No. 3 contender Travis “Hapa” Browne (16-2-1) at UFC on FX 5 and the second against No. 10 contender Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (37-14, 1 NC) by a third round stoppage at UFC 156.  Silva lost another first round stoppage to Velasquez at UFC 160 before earning a draw against Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (9-8-1) at UFC Fight Night.

Arlovski came back into the UFC on a high note, with a win over Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (11-4) by a split decision even though he was out-struck by 18 strikes and behind in takedown 1-to-0. Arlovski returned to the UFC after a highly successful run in which he held the UFC Heavyweight title for a time. The Russian’s run ended in 2008 and his absence from the UFC octagon lasted six years.

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White wasn’t please with Arlovski’s first fight back.

“I made a big mistake by putting that on the main card,” said White, “That should have been on the prelims.”

White’s description of Arlovski was just as scathing, “Arlovski looked slow. Arlovski looked soft. Arlovski looked like he couldn’t get off tonight,” assessed UFC’s president, “Neither one of them threw any punches in the first two rounds.”

White is taking the chance and giving the Russian another shot at the spotlight with another main event bout. Maybe this time fans will be treated to a five-round brawl.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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