Welcome back Andrei Arlovski!
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 24, 2014
That was from UFC President Dana White confirming that former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has resigned with the UFC. When his return fight will be is unknown, but Brendan Schaub has been rumored as the opponent.
Arlovski was last seen in November, having defeated Andreas Kraniotakes by second round TKO under the Fight Nights promotion. Before that, “The Pitbull” competed under the World Series of Fighting Banner and having a 2-1 record. The lone loss was to Anthony Johnson, who will be in the co-main event of this weekend’s UFC 172.
Arlovski’s contract had recently expired with WSOF and executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com that Arlovski’s contract did expire and had one fight left on it. The organization had the option to extend the contract, but Arlovski had to pull out of the last fight due to an injury. The Belarus native though wanted the chance to go back to the UFC and the company obliged to his request.
The former heavyweight champion last competed in the UFC in March of 2008 defeating Jake O’Brien, winning by second round TKO at UFC 82. Arlovski is 6-1-1 since leaving Strikeforce in early 2011.