Andrei Arlovski is a famous mixed martial artist, actor, and UFC heavyweight champion who currently fights in the UFC heavyweight division. He has won dozens of fights from mixed martial arts to UFC and has received several awards. The Belarusian has also fought for fighting organizations like WSOF, Strikeforce, Affliction, ONE FC, EliteXC, and M-1 Challenge. Here you will find everything you need to know about his career, his family, and his net worth.
Andrei Arlovski Biography
Andrey Valeryevich Arlovsky was born on February 4, 1979, in Babruisk, Belarus, and grew up with a strong desire to defend himself. His experiences in the hands of bullies, who often picked on him and beat him up when he was young, motivated him to lift weights, hoping to flex his muscles in self-defense. At the age of 16, Arlovski began to engage in martial arts such as judo, sambo, and kickboxing.
He enrolled in the police academy in Minsk, while pursuing his professional interest in law enforcement, he actively participated in martial arts and took the required police defense course in sambo. Until 1999, his expertise in martial arts earned him a number of awards, including two silver medals at the Sambo World Championship and the Sambo World Championship.
Andrei Arlovski also won the Youth World Championship and the European Sambo Youth Championship and crowned it all with the title of First Master of Sports and then International Master of Sports. He developed more interest in other martial arts, studied kickboxing, and perfected his punching skills.
Andrei Arlovski started his professional MMA career in Russia when he fought in the M-1 mix fight in St. Petersburg on April 9, 1999, at the age of 20. He lost his first fight but remained in the European Championships against M-1 Global in 2000, where he got a foretaste of his first victory after winning a heavyweight crown with a KO win and a submission win.
In his debut at UFC 28, Arlovski defeated his opponent by submission. His rise to the UFC elite after his victory fight with former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia earned Arlovski the new UFC heavyweight interim heavyweight champion title on February 5, 2005. He defended the title twice, on June 4, 2005, at UFC 53 and in October 2005 at UFC 55 to be recognized by the UFC as the undisputed heavyweight champion. He was defeated in a rubber match with Sylvia at UFC 61 on July 8, 2006, where he was seriously injured.
Nevertheless, the Belarusian fighter won his subsequent fight at UFC 70 against Fabrício Werdum, a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion.
In his last appearance in the octagon after 11 months of inactivity, Arlovski defeated Jake O’Brien against TKO, which would be the first MMA defeat of the latter ever. The Pit Bull, as he is known, left the UFC with a record of 10-4, including 3-2 in title fights.
Arlovski signed with the newly formed MMA promotion Affliction Entertainment and continued his winning streak. From 2006-2008 he won five fights at UFC 66 – Liddell v Ortiz 2; UFC 70 – Nations Collide; UFC 82 – Pride of a Champion; Affliction – Banned; and EliteXC – Heat.
His days at Strikeforce from 2009-2011 were concluded with a series of defeats (four consecutive defeats) from January 24, 2009, at Affliction – Day of Reckoning. However, in order to improve his fighting skills and rebuild his MMA career, Arlovski began training in New Mexico, exclusively with one of his coaches, Greg Jackson, who encouraged him not to give in to the pressure and retire.
After several months of grueling training, the Pit Bull made a comeback against heavyweight Ray Lopez on August 27th in ProElite 1 in Hawaii. He dominated his opponent throughout the fight and won by TKO in the third round. His fourth fight with his long-time nemesis, Sylvia at ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation on August 31, 2012, ended in a non-competition due to an illegal (now legal) kick that would have made Arlovski the winner through TKO.
Arlovski continued to fight from 2012 after signing with the Asia-based advertising agency ONE Fighting Championship in mid-July 2012. He fought in the World Series of Fighting and Independent Promotions (2012-2015), where he won all 8 fights except the World Series of Fighting 2 against Anthony Johnson on March 23, 2013.
Upon his return to the UFC, Andrei Arlovski participated in 12 fights (2014-2018), six of which he won, including the UFC 222 against Stefan Struve on March 4, 2018, where he scored one of the four best takedowns of his career.
Andrei Arlovski Net Worth
Arlovski has established himself not only as a champion but also as an actor. It is therefore not surprising how he has achieved a net worth of an estimated $6 million after years of hard work. His salary sources range from juxtapositions to sponsorship contracts.
Wife and Family
As far as we know, Andrei Arlovski is a family man and lives with his wife, son, and their pit bull Maximus (from which Arlovski gets his nickname) in Chicago. He does not share many details about his family, and for this reason, their identity is not publicly known.
Nevertheless, we know for sure that Andrei Arlovski dated the Playboy model Patrycja Mikula from 2008 to 2010, before they separated. It was said that the model started with Tim Sylvia after she broke up with Andrei after Andrei had suffered two consecutive fight losses against Tim.
Body Stat: Height, Weight
With a height of 1.93 m (6 ft 3 in) and a weight of 113 kg (249 lbs), Andrei Arlovski is a force to be reckoned with in the fighting ring. The Belarusian, who has trained for years and participated in national and international fighting competitions, is known for his TKO punches, which are so violent that his opponent is unconscious or seriously injured.