Round 1 – Big welcome for Arlovski in his UFC return. Touch of gloves starts the fight. Arlovski flurries into the clinch and presses Schaub against the fence. They battle for position, and Arlovski continues to press from the outside. Crowd boos a bit as they’re stuck in this position. Arlovski drives in a few knees and finally pulls away. Schaub fires punches on the restart. Arlovski gets to the center. He’s a little hesitant, and they end up back in the clinch. Once again, nothing there, and they reset. Two minutes left. Schaub works in an uppercut. Arlovski with a low front kick. He grabs the body and wants a trip, but Schaub pushes him away. Arlovski works inside yet again. Arlovski not getting much done in that position. Schaub tries a late takedown of his own, but Arlovski stuffs it, and the round ends. Not much going on there to score. MMAjunkie leans toward Schaub, 10-9.
Round 2 – Early shot to the groin for Arlovski, and Schaub takes a break. On the restart, Arlovski just slips a big right hand. He looks very hesitant so far. Arlovski is in the center of the cage, and he delivers to the body. Arlovski immediately into a clinch that again is useless. Schaub starting to press a little bit with his punches. Arlovski returning fire. Arlovski does score with a left hand. He’s kicking a bit, as well. Schaub misses a big right. They clinch up, and this time it’s Schaub pressing in from the outside. Crowd boos what has been a bit of an odd fight. Schaub gets in on a takedown but can’t keep Arlovski on the floor. Arlovski shakes out his arms a bit. Schaub takes a look at the clock. One minute left. Lead uppercut for Schaub. Arlovski stunned briefly by that one. Schaub misses an overhand. Arlovski lands late. Another weird round. MMAjunkie leans toward Schaub, 10-9.
Round 3 – Schaub pressing things a bit, but neither fighter is landing cleanly. Referee John McCarthy warns him about potential head butts. On the restart, Schaub finally scores with a trip and takes top position. Arlovski works to full guard. Schaub postures up and lands a few punches to the body. he’s gaining some confidence, and he postures and punches away. Arlovski in full guard and trying to slow things down a bit. Schaub punching away. Arlovski finally gets his legs inside and pushes Schaub away, but when they restart, they simply move back into the clinch. They break apart with 30 seconds left. Schaub’s jaw looks busted up. They trade at the bell. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Schaub, 10-9, giving him the fight 30-27. Judges don’t agree. Wow.
Result: Andrei Arlovski def. Brendan Schaub via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)