Arlovski won by a UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)... for real!
Six months after having his jaw shattered by Anthony Johnson, Andrei Arlovski (20-10) bounced back for an entertaining three-round win over a game Mike Kyle (20-10-1).
The heavyweight bout served as the headliner of Saturday's World Series of Fighting 6 event, which took place at New Jersey's Revel Atlantic City and aired live on NBS Sports Network.
Kyle scored first, blasting Arlovski with a two-punch combination that sent Arlvoski to the canvas. Arlovski wisely shot in to slow things down, and he eventually scrambled back to his feet. On the restart, it was Arlovski who started to settle in and find a home for his right hand. As Arlovksi started to pump a jab, as well, he caught an off-balance Kyle with a punch that sent him to the floor.
Kyle moved quickly back to his feet, but he was forced to eat another stiff right before the end of the round.
Kyle looked content to counter in the second, and while he found some success with stiff right hands, he also ate a few Arlvoski power shots on the feet. After a flurry in the pocket, Kyle elected to move in for a takedown, but Arlvoski defended well agains the cage and earned a restart.
An early third-round exchange saw Arlvoski complain of an eye poke, but referee Dan Miragliotta ruled it was a closed fist, and they fought on. Shortly after, Kyle scored with a right hand that send Arlvoski to the floor. He popped quickly back up, but it was a clean knockdown.
Arlvoski continued to move forward for the remainder of the round, though Kyle was always there to answer in the pocket. Arlvoski moved in for a late takedown, but Kyle easily pushed him away, and they finished on the feet.
In the end, judges awarded Arlovski's early work, and he was awarded a unanimous-decision win, 29-28 on all three cards.