Trainer Greg Jackson: “I’ve gone all over the world to get his career back”
Classic carnivals have an attraction called the high striker, where you use a hammer to make the dinger go high enough to hit the bell at the top of the tower.
If UFC 187 were a carnival, Andrei Arlovski was the hammer, and Travis Browne was the bell. Arlovski made it go ding so many times, the hammer and the bell earned an extra $50,000 each in Fight of the Night bonuses. Even going in with a calf injury, Arlovski hit that bell so hard, he shot up four places from #8 to #4 in the UFC’s media-generated heavyweight rankings.
To be fair, Browne also got to be the hammer once during their slugfest, in one of the most thrilling one-round fights in UFC heavyweight history.
For anyone unfamiliar with Arlovski’s career: Started MMA in 1999; UFC debut in 2000; heavyweight champion in 2005; lost the title in 2006; left the UFC in 2008; four straight brutal losses from 2009-2011 had people screaming retirement.
Then came the 6-1 run (with 1 no-contest) that led to the UFC re-signing him 6 years after he left. Two wins in the UFC led to the instant classic between him and Browne, where “The Pit Bull” TKO’d “Hapa” at 4:41 of the first round.
The beatdown was so vicious, you’d be surprised to find out the two are actually friends.
When Arlovski went under the tutelage of Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico to try and come back from his losing streak, Browne was still training there, and the two fighters actually lived together once. Browne has since moved to Glendale Fight Club to train with Edmond Tarverdyan.