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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-09-2009, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Arlovski to Train with Jackson’s Academy

Arlovski to Train with Jackson’s Academy

Friday, October 09, 2009
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Andrei Arlovski is set to visit Greg Jackson’s MMA Academy in Albuquerque, N.M., for a 10-day training camp in the coming weeks.

The former UFC heavyweight champion will be joined by his jiu-jitsu instructor Dino Costeas and will continue his primary training under the Team Pitbull moniker out of Chicago. However, the former sambo champion is hoping to pick up some new skills from Jackson, his staff and his formidable stable of athletes to rebound from back-to-back knockout losses.

Jackson said Arlovski is likely to clock in gym time with UFC regulars Keith Jardine and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, as well as heavyweights like “The Ultimate Fighter 10” participants Brendan Schaub and James McSweeney.

“We’re super excited having an athlete as high-level as Andrei coming down to work with us,” said Jackson. “We’re hoping that we can help each other out and make it a situation that’s mutually beneficial. Everybody’s really excited about having him come work with the team."

Arlovski, 30, fought 15 times in the UFC between 2000-2008 and went 11-4 for the promotion. He earned key victories against Vladimir Matyushenko, Tim Sylvia, Paul Buentello, Marcio Cruz and Fabricio Werdum. His only losses in the Octagon came to Pedro Rizzo, Ricco Rodriguez and Sylvia (twice).

The road has been winding for Arlovski since he left the UFC in mid 2008.

The Belarusian, who’s sharpened his fast hands and footwork with Mike Garcia and most recently Freddie Roach, was victorious in his debut for Affliction in July 2008, as he knocked out Ben Rothwell in impressive fashion.

Arlovski bolstered his stock with a second-round knockout over former IFL champion Roy Nelson the following October when he was loaned out to EliteXC for a bout that aired on CBS.

The victory, Arlovski’s fifth in a row, set up a showdown with No. 1 ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

Though he fared well in the early going, Arlovski was knocked out by Emelianenko as he rushed in with a dicey flying knee late in the first frame.

Arlovski was stunned by heavyweight upstart Brett Rogers with a trio of punches in 22 seconds at Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Arlovski is currently in negotiations for his next bout and plans a return in December or January.
Since Andre is not signed, I was not sure where to put this thread. If it needs to be moved to general mma section feel free to move it please. But I'm glad to see Arlovski still trying to get better and better by training all over the world.


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Andre is already in incredibly technically skilled fighter, i really dont think that training with Greg Jackson is going to make him a whole lot better. The big hole in his game is a pretty simple one, keep your hands up dude. Andre has good tdd and is ten times the striker that anyone out of Jacksons camp is. If he hasnt corrected the dropping his hands part of his game by now, then i dont know if training with anyone is really going to make him much better. Other then that, he is one of the most skilled heavyweights in the world.
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Jackson's camp is not going to provide him with a new chin. He is a very fun fighter to watch compete, but that glass chin is and will always be his downfall IMO
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you mean freddie roach isnt enough to get you to the top of the mma world?? *gasp*
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Originally Posted by Lochtsa View Post
Jackson's camp is not going to provide him with a new chin. He is a very fun fighter to watch compete, but that glass chin is and will always be his downfall IMO
Couldn't agree more. Raw talent was never his problem; the guys' a specimen. You can't teach "chin." If only he had Patrick Cote's chin or Cote had Arlovski's raw skill -- that would be one fearsome fighter.
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Although he might not be able to train his chin so to speak, it might be a good idea to learn defense, and how to hit and not get hit. A glass jaw is only weak when it's tested. Easier said than done obviously, but possible.

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Why doesn't the entire Earth just move to New Mexico and train at Jacksons.
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This is actually REALLY good timing for Shane Carwin leading up to his fight with Lesnar.
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Although everyone's right, you can't teach chin, what Jackson does for EVERY fighter he has, is teach game plan.

Yes, The Pitbull has fantastic skills, and he really doesn't need much more work on...really any aspect of his game. BUT, he needs to LEARN HOW TO FIGHT. I know he wants to be exciting and knock people out, and be in exciting fights, and I appreciate that, Andre, I really do, but stop. He knocks himself out when he sneezes his chin is so bad.

Yes his boxing and his footwork are great, but I think the weakest part of his game (besides the obvious), is his head movement and his game plan. Although he has good head movement, he tends to be a hair too slow with it, so he still gets caught. If he can actually move his head BEFORE someone hits it, he'll be okay. And if Jackson can get it it out of his head that he's not Wandy and he's gonna get knocked out every time he rushes in, I think he could be a top 5 HW.

Now before everyone jumps on my nuts for saying that, think about it. Everyone knows that his hands are NASTY, he could knock out anyone with both hands, his wrestling is really good, his agility and sprawl are some of the best in the division, his BJJ is probably the weakest part of his game, but he's still probably top 10 HW jitz as is. I see this as a great move for Andre, and could be the move he needs to put him back on top.

I, for one, miss The Pitbull (and his fangs). People want to dog him, but his last two losses are to God and Brett "I'm could punch holes through steel and take a bat to the face" Rogers, he's still a top 10 HW in my eyes.
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will dana resign him?

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