Antonio Silva vs Andrei Arlovski LIVE Commentary and Discussion
Posted on April 18, 2010, 04:54 PM by Anton Gurevich
Former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Silva and the former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski will go to war against each other in the co-main event of Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis Missouri. Both fighters are coming off losses, and will look to get back into the mix for the shot at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title.
Andrei Arlovski gave an impressive performance against Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Day of Reckoning, but was stopped by "The Last Emperor" after trying a bizarre flying knee in the first round. "The Pitbull" then lost to the Heavy Artillery main eventer Brett Rogers, who turned the lights out on the Belarusian after just 20 seconds. The fight against Antonio Silva could be "all or nothing" for Andrei Arlovski, who could find himself at the twilight of his career at the age of 31 and three consecutive losses.
Arlovski's new coach Greg Jackson will make everything to ensure that the former #2 Heavyweight in the World will begin his rise to the top against Antonio Silva, where (I believe) he truly belongs.
As for Antonio Silva, the mamoth Brazilian had a six-fight winning streak before he met Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers. Andrei Arlovski is a significant rise in the level of competition for the "Bigfoot", after fighting mostly non-Top 15 opponents in his career. Antonio Silva is currently training at the American Top Team, alongside the legion of some of the World's top Mixed Martial Artists.
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|| Antonio Silva def. Andrei Arlovski
via Unanimous Decision (29-28)
The fight begins, with Andrei Arlovski wearing a classic Muay Thai shorts. Arlovski begins to work his striking, being the slightly more aggressive fighter early on. Antonio Silva looks very relaxed, tempting Andrei Arlovski to throw the first punch. No signs of ground game here, these two Heavyweights are out swinging! Good low kicks by Antonio Silva, he has a clear intentions of cutting Arlovski’s movement. Antonio Silva connects with a good cross! Andrei Arlovski manages to survive, proving that his chin is not that fragile as people may think. They clinch at the fence, with Antonio Silva delivering knees and dirty boxing. Antonio Silva manages to take Andrei Arlovski down, looking punish The Pitbull with a ground and pound. First Round ends with Andrei Arlovski bleeding from his nose and mouth. 10-9 Silva.
The second round begins, with Andrei Arlovski looking for an opening. Silva counter punches here, punishing The Pitbull with good jabs. Antonio Silva connects with a powerful hook, stunned Arlovski who falls back on the fence. They clinch now, as the Pitbull controls Silva. Good dirty boxing from the Bigfoot, but Andrei Arlovski has the control here. The referee separates them, as Antonio Silva is looking for an immediate takedown. Clinch again, and Big John separates again. Good kicks by Andrei Arlovski, as Silva pushes the fight to the fence. Second Round ends, and this time I would give it 10-9 for Andrei Arlovski.
Final and deciding (maybe) round is underway. Antonio Silva controls the cage here, pushing Arlovski to the fence again. Big John is there for the third time in that fight, as Antonio Silva wins an immediate stand-up battle. Clinch at the fence again, with Bigfoot as a slightly busier man here. Perfect refereeing here by John McCarthy, he separates the fighters for the fourth time in the fight. Andrei Arlovski has nothing to offer for Silva on his feet. Bifoot pushes Arlovski to the fence again, but this time he gets a very good takedown. Half-guard from Antonio Silva, who begins to work his ground and pound. They get up, and Big John is there again to keep the fight on the feet. Antonio Silva is taunting Andrei Arlovski, as the final third round ends. Well, if I had any doubts about the second round, Bigfoot has clearly won the final five rounds of that fight. Yes, Antonio Silva gets a cleen Unanimous Decision. He did a good job both on the feet and on the ground, as Andrei Arlovski will have to think about the future of his career.