Andrei Arlovski will compete in the K-1 World GP Final 16 tournament

Former UFC champion and current Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Andrei Arlovski will be testing his striking skills against the world’s best kickboxers on October 2nd in Seoul, South Korea. Arlovski finished 3rd out of all fighters in fan voting which places him in the K-1 World GP Final 16. His opponent will be Raul Catinas who is 12-3 in K-1 with 7 of his wins coming by way off a form of knockout.

With Arlovski’s recent┬ásusceptibility to punches, is this a good move for the 31 year old fighter? He’s lost his last 3 fights, losing to Antonio Silva by decision and getting knocked out by both Brett Rogers and Fedor Emelianenko. Still, Arlovski is a world class mixed martial artist and possesses great KO power himself.

Arlovski had been wanting to branch out from MMA and begin a professional boxing career, however his losses to Rogers and Fedor scrapped those plans. This new match-up should give Arlovski that new challenge he has been looking for.

He will be joined on the card by another crossover fighter in Alistair Overeem.

The idea of a possible Arlovski vs Overeem K-1 fight has me very intrigued. It may or may not happen, but either way K-1’s year end tournament is always some of the best combat sports action around so I’ll be watching for sure.

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