At 42 years old, Andrei Arlovski is still going strong.
On Saturday night at UFC Vegas 40, the seemingly ageless heavyweight moved to 4-1 in his past five fights with an impressive showing against Carlos Felipe in the co-main event. Arlovski showed great footwork and a variety of strikes in the first two rounds and then survived a late comeback attempt from Felipe in the third to win a unanimous decision.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28 with Arlovski getting the win and moving to 32-20 with two no contests in his legendary career.
“I knew I won the first two rounds,” Arlovski said about the confidence he felt in the decision. “I’m like Nike, just do it.”
Quick on his feet, Arlovski was working from the outside and staying out of range of Felipe’s considerable power, which was mostly displayed through giant haymakers being thrown without any set up. That allowed Arlovski to launch kicks to the body and then blitz forward with punches to prevent Felipe from landing much of consequence during the opening round.
Arlovski’s ability to mix up his strikes and then moving out of the way before Felipe could really do much in return was obviously frustrating the Brazilian. Felipe was consistently ducking his head and throwing a huge overhand right but Arlovski was quick enough to see it coming and move out of the way before getting hit.
Just before the second round came to a close, Felipe finally started to tag Arlovski with some of his big punches as the former heavyweight champion visibly slowed down. Felipe was surging ahead, throwing huge punches and trying to get the knockout with every shot.
Felipe started to pour on the punishment in the final round with Arlovski just trying to catch his breath. Again and again, Felipe walked Arlovski down and unloaded massive punches, but he never landed clean enough to do the necessary damage to get the finish.
Arlovski was also smart about how he returned fire and then moved out of the way before Felipe could catch him off guard, which allowed him to make it to the final horn and win the decision.
With a UFC career dating back to 2000, Arlovski is looking as good as ever and proving that he’s a force to be reckoned with no matter what the heavyweight division throws at him.