Heavyweights will collide in a battle of top contenders when Andrei Arlovski and Stipe Miocic meet in the co-main event of UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, NV.
The UFC confirmed the match-up on Wednesday following an initial report by the LA Times.
The announcement comes just days before Miocic was slated to fight Ben Rothwell in Dublin at UFC Fight Night 76. An injury forced Miocic out of the contest last week, and Rothwell has since campaigned vigorously for a shot against Arlovski. That shot, however, was given to Miocic.
A former UFC heavyweight champion, Arlovski (25-10, 1 NC) carries a perfect 4-0 record since returning to the Octagon in 2014, highlighted by back-to-back first-round knockouts over Antonio Silva and Travis Browne, the latter of which is widely considered to be a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate.
The run propelled Arolvski to the No. 4 spot on the UFC’s media-generated rankings, and threw his name into title contention over a decade after the 36-year-old’s reign as UFC champion began. Arlovski most recently defeated Frank Mir in a sluggish decision at UFC 191.
Miocic (13-2), meanwhile, has won four of his last ….View original article
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