Andrei Arlovski is still only 32 years old, yet after suffering another devastating KO loss at the hands of Sergei Kharitonov last night, his fourth consecutive defeat, many people have now been speculating whether he should now retire from the sport.
According to Strikeforce matchmaker Ray Chou after the event however, the former UFC champion is not planning to hang up the gloves just yet.
“He still wants to fight. His manager came up to us immediately after the fight and said, ‘He’s not done, he want’s to get right back in there as soon as possible. We’ll see, I think the fire’s still there.” Chou told BJPenn.com.
If he does return to the Strikeforce cage it sounds like they may look to give him an easier opponent though.
“He’s been fighting really tough guys lately, all his recent losses are against top level competition, so we’ll have to have some more discussions with him and see what happens.”
Chou has a point. Arlovski certainly has had a challenging run, and all three of his KO losses have come to renowned knockout artists in Fedor, Brett Rogers and Kharitonov.
Still, you can’t re-gain the ability to take a punch after it’s gone, and have been put to sleep in the first round three times in two years a return to his former glory-days now seems unlikely, and Arlovski needs to carefully consider his next move as his longer term health is now being put into question.
Watch Chou’s full post-event interview below.