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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-18-2011, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Despite string of KO losses, Strikeforce's Andrei Arlovski says he isn't retiring

Andrei Arlovski isn't retiring anytime soon.

Arlovski, a former UFC champion who recently has suffered four consecutive losses (three via first-round knockout) in Affliction and Strikeforce, made the announcement in a video chat on his website.

"Absolutely not," Arlovski said of a potential retirement. "First of all, I'm not going to finish my career like this. Definitely, I'm going to keep fighting, and I know it's impossible to fix all these problems. Honestly, I don't know why I keep losing."

Arlovski's latest loss came this past weekend to Sergei Kharitonov in the opening round of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix. It followed defeats to Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers and Antonio Silva.

The Kharitonov defeat came within three minutes of the opening bell. The former PRIDE fighter stalked Arlovski and eventually left the Belarusian on the verge of unconsciousness after a barrage of punches.

"I just stopped again, and he knocked my ass out," Arlovski admitted. "This is just embarrassing."

Calls for his retirement came immediately after the loss. Arlovski, though, said he was most hurt that a Chicago-based trainer (whom he declined to identify) spoke publicly of a desire for the fighter to retire, even though he never talked to Arlovski about it. But the 32-year-old said he got words of encourage from trainer Greg Jackson, whom he recently joined in his New Mexico camp.

"No, I'm not going to retire because I have too much pride in me and I can't retire like this," Arlovski said.

Arlovski said he'll soon depart for Moscow to re-haul his training.

"Definitely, I'm going to change some things," he said. "Absolutely not I'm going to [expletive] retire. I know it's impossible to come back on the top, and I know it's going to be hard, and it's going to be very difficult for me. But I'm definitely going to do it."

After the loss,'s Dr. Johnny Benjamin wrote a Medical Beat column explaining that Arlovski's recent losses likely will contributed to the "battered-brain syndrome" called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He suggested a prudent doctor and athletic commission will have a very difficult time ignoring the cumulative brain trauma sustained throughout the fighter's career and the growing mountain of evidence related to CTE.

Arlovski, though, said his manager is assuring he gets proper medical clearance before returning to the cage.

And for those who question his ability to be an elite heavyweight again, Arlovski has a message.

"They're [expletive] wrong," he said.
I think he should retire, he's done.
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Why not? take some easier fights and your fine. Go Andrei Arlovski!

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The situation rapidly starts to resemble Ken Shamrock's. The only difference is that Ken was 41 when he fought Franklin and Andrei fought Fedor at the age of 30. The question is, how long is Strikeforce going to tolerate all this?

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i dont think he has the desire anymore. after all he himself is saying "its impossible to fix all this", "its impossible to come back from this". what does that show about his heart.
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AA is done whether he believes it not- his "done" button has been pushed too many times on his chin and now it's gone.

No amount of training, changing his style or strategy can fix his problem.

He may not want to go out like this but if he keeps fighting it will get worse and not better. I like AA but much like Chuck there are some things you cannot overcome no matter how hard you work in the gym or the desire in your heart.

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arlovski has the skillsets to still be successful, even at 32. its just that he cant seem to capitalize on them, ulitmately leading to him getting koed.

if he wishes to continue fighting, he needs to overcome those things and learn to fight more intelligently. until he does, he will have relegated himself to becoming more fodder for the ko highlight reels.
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He seems very fragile and vulnerable and he doesn't have the same power anymore.
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M-1: OMG OMG OMG, did you him hear him say it. That's our Fedor fight, former UFC HW champion, OMG OMG.
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i just dont understand why he never takes ppl down or uses his ground skills, he is well rounded but acts as if he is a one dimensional boxer.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-19-2011, 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Rauno View Post
Why not? take some easier fights and your fine. Go Andrei Arlovski!
Exactly i dont agree with retiring at ALL, if u love to fight, fight in minor league if u have to like Jens Pulver, i would just be happy to be as skilled as he is and make a living fighting somewhere else if thats what it comes down to

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