Andrei Arlovski

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Andrei Arlovski
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Born (1979-02-04) 4 February 1979 (age 40)
Babruysk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union (now Belarus)
Native nameАндрей Валерьевич Орловский
Other namesThe Pitbull
Nationality Belarusian and American
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight249 lb (113 kg; 17 st 11 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach77 in (196 cm) [1]
Style Kickboxing, Sambo, BJJ
Fighting out of Chicago, Illinois, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
Rank International Master of Sport in Sambo [2]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [ citation needed ]
Years active1999–present (MMA)
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout17
By submission3
By decision7
By knockout10
By submission1
By decision6
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 30 September 2011 (2011-09-30)

Andrei Valeryevich Arlovski (Belarusian : Андрэй Валер'евіч Арлоўскі, Belarusian pronunciation:  [anˈdrɛj vaˈlʲɛrɛvitʃ arˈlɔwski] , born 4 February 1979), nicknamed The Pitbull, is a Belarusian mixed martial artist, actor and former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He has also competed for Strikeforce, WSOF, Affliction, EliteXC, ONE FC and M-1 Challenge. He currently fights in the UFC Heavyweight division. [3] As of March 13, 2019, he is #15 in official UFC heavyweight rankings. [4]

Belarusian language east Slavic language

Belarusian is an official language of Belarus, along with Russian, and is also spoken in Russia, Poland and Ukraine. Before Belarus gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the language was only known in English as Byelorussian or Belorussian, transliterating the Russian name, белорусский язык Belorusskiy yazyk, or alternatively as White Ruthenian or White Russian. Following independence, it has acquired the additional name Belarusian.

Mixed martial arts full contact combat sport

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from various combat sports and martial arts. The first documented use of the term mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article. The question of who actually coined the term is subject to debate.

Strikeforce (mixed martial arts) MMA promoter based in San Jose, California

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Early life

Arlovski was born in Babruisk, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (now Belarus). When he was younger, bullies often picked on him and beat him up. In 1994, when he was 14 years old, he had finally had enough and started lifting weights to put on muscle and, he hoped, to help him deal with these bullies. Arlovski only took up martial arts at the age of 16 in sports such as Sambo, Judo and Kickboxing. [5]

Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic one of fifteen constituent republics of the Soviet Union (USSR); founding member of the United Nations Organization in 1945; now Belarus

The Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, also commonly referred to in English as Byelorussia, was a federal unit of the Soviet Union (USSR). It existed between 1920 and 1922, and from 1922 to 1991 as one of fifteen constituent republics of the USSR, with its own legislation from 1990 to 1991. The republic was ruled by the Communist Party of Byelorussia and was also referred to as Soviet Byelorussia by a number of historians.

Sambo (martial art) martial art sports

Sambo is a Soviet martial art and combat sport. It originated in the Russian SFSR in Soviet Union. The word "SAMBO" is a portmanteau for samozashchita bez oruzhiya, which literally translates as "self-defence without weapons". Sambo is relatively modern, since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. It was intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts.

Judo modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport

Judo was originally created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎) as a physical, mental, and moral pedagogy in Japan. It is generally categorized as a modern martial art, which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.

Enrolling at the police academy in Minsk, Arlovski combined his interest in a career in law enforcement with his growing martial arts participation by taking up the required police defense course in Sambo and quickly showed himself to be a highly competent Sambo opponent. In 1999, Arlovski won the European Youth Sambo Championship and the World Youth Championship. Not long after, Arlovski became the first Master of Sports and then International Master of Sports. He took a silver medal at the Sambo World Cup and another silver medal at the World Sambo Championship. [6]

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Martial arts codified systems and traditions of combat practices

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Arlovski began taking a greater interest in other martial arts, studying kickboxing and developing his striking skills to complement his Sambo-based grappling abilities.

Kickboxing group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching

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Mixed martial arts career

At the age of 20, Arlovski began his professional MMA career at the Mix Fight M-1 in St Petersburg, Russia on 9 April 1999. It was a fairly inauspicious start, losing by KO to Viacheslav Datsik. Not deterred, Arlovski returned in 2000 to M-1 Global at the European Championships, taking the heavyweight crown with a submission victory and a KO victory.

Russia transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia

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Viacheslav Valerievich Datsik is a Russian former kickboxer and mixed martial artist. Since retiring from the ring, Datsik has also become notable both for his criminal behavior, and vigilante raids on brothels.

M-1 Global company

M-1 Global (Mixfight-1) or MMA-1 is a mixed martial arts promotion based in St. Petersburg, Russia which organizes between 10 and 20 competitions per year.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Arlovski made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 28 , defeating Aaron Brink by submission. He was then thrown in against top opposition, losing to future UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez and heavyweight contender Pedro Rizzo. Despite those early defeats, wins over future British Cage Rage Light heavyweight Champion Ian Freeman and future IFL Light heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko propelled Arlovski back into the UFC elite.

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UFC 28 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2000

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Aaron Brink is an American professional mixed martial artist and boxer currently competing for the Gladiator Challenge promotion where he is their current Interim Heavyweight Champion and the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. Aaron has competed in the UFC, King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge, RINGS and the World Extreme Cagefighting. Brink was cast in the movie Thicker Than Water, filmed and released in 2006 in Iceland and Shipwrecked on a Great Lake, a movie released exclusively in Canada. Aaron also briefly had a career acting in hardcore pornographic films under the name "Dick Delaware", beginning sometime in 2000 and ending in June 2005, this was first revealed after he appeared in a notorious episode of himself during a methamphetamine addiction filmed for the television series Intervention in 2006.

In 2004, a motorcycle accident injury suffered by then UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir led to the creation of an interim heavyweight title. It was decided that the two top heavyweight contenders would meet to declare the interim champion and on 5 February 2005, at UFC 51 , Arlovski faced former heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia. In the fight, Arlovski eventually connected with an overhand right and dropped Sylvia. On the ground, Arlovski followed up with an Achilles lock that forced Sylvia to tap out at 47 seconds of the first round, making Arlovski the new UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion.

Arlovski went on to defend his interim title on 4 June 2005, at UFC 53 , against Justin Eilers. Arlovski won the bout by TKO in the first round. After the fight, it was revealed that Eilers suffered extensive injuries in this match including a badly broken nose, two broken hands and a complete ACL tear. [7]

In October 2005, Arlovski once again defended his title at UFC 55 against top contender Paul Buentello. Arlovski knocked out Buentello in 15 seconds of the opening round. [8] [9] On 12 August 2005, the UFC announced that it now recognized Arlovski as the undisputed heavyweight champion, as Frank Mir had not fully rehabilitated from his motorcycle accident.

In a rematch with Tim Sylvia at UFC 59 on 15 April 2006, Arlovski knocked Sylvia down with a right hand punch early in the first round. Sylvia was able to protect himself and recovered almost immediately. While Arlovski tried to finish Sylvia with a right lead, Sylvia countered with a short right uppercut to the chin, knocking Arlovski to the mat. Sylvia followed up with punches on the ground until referee Herb Dean stopped the match at 2:43 of the first round.

The rubber match between Tim Sylvia and Arlovski took place on 8 July 2006, at UFC 61 . In what turned out to be a 5-round battle of attrition, neither fighter was able to KO the other, or even land any truly significant blows. In the end Sylvia won the fight by unanimous decision. It was later discovered that during the fight, Arlovski had been significantly injured by a checked leg kick sometime in the second round which left him unable to throw kicks of his own or make any takedown attempts. When confronted by a reporter about the injury, Arlovski avoided responding directly and would only say "I do not want to talk about my injuries or look for any other excuses." [10] Not too long after it was revealed Sylvia had sustained an injury as he fainted at his hotel room and upon hospital examination, doctors discovered a concussion undetected after the match. [11]

Arlovski made his next appearance on 30 December 2006, at UFC 66 against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Márcio Cruz. After being taken down, he kicked Cruz in the shoulder (which is legal), but it was mistaken for a head kick (which is illegal) by referee Herb Dean. When the referee intervened, he decided, because of Cruz's insistence, to allow both fighters to stay on the ground as opposed to standing them up, as is the general practice. Thereafter, Arlovski struck Cruz with a strong blow to the chin, then continued beating Cruz with hammerfists until the fight was stopped.

Arlovski fought PRIDE veteran and two-time world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Fabrício Werdum at UFC 70 and won by unanimous decision. Both fighters kept their distance for the majority of the fight, causing the referee to inform them at the beginning of the third round that he would remove a point from the first fighter to retreat in that round. Although Arlovski won the fight by unanimous decision, many boos could be heard from the crowd. After the fight Arlovski apologized to the fans for not fighting for the full fifteen minutes.

After 11 months of inactivity, Arlovski made his return to the octagon for the final time at UFC 82 and defeated Jake O'Brien by TKO in round two. With this win, Arlovski gave O'Brien his first ever MMA loss. [12] This was Arlovski's final fight on his UFC contract. [13]

Arlovski left the UFC with a record of 10–4, including going 3–2 in title fights.

Affliction Entertainment

After leaving the UFC, Arlovski signed with the newly created MMA-promotion Affliction and participated in their inaugural event Affliction: Banned on 19 July 2008. He fought and defeated top ranked heavyweight fighter and former IFL heavyweight stand-out Ben Rothwell by KO in the final round of the fight, ending Rothwell's 13 fight win streak and giving him his first defeat in over 3 years. [14]

Originally scheduled to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion and top-ranked heavyweight Josh Barnett in the main event at Affliction's second pay-per-view, Affliction: Day of Reckoning , on 11 October 2008, the event was rescheduled and Arlovski would instead be matched up against the last reigning IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson at EliteXC: Heat on 4 October 2008, in Sunrise, Florida in a co-promotion with EliteXC. Arlovski won the fight via KO in the second round and in the process became the only man to ever finish Nelson in his MMA career at that point. [15]

In January 2009, Arlovski faced the last reigning PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Day of Reckoning . Arlovski looked exceptionally well prepared and focused but despite his encouraging early efforts, Arlovski lost the fight via KO in the opening round after jumping in with a very long range knee and being caught with an over-hand right punch.


On 6 June 2009, Arlovski fought up and coming heavyweight Brett Rogers at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. Arlovski lost the fight via TKO in the opening round. [16] As a result, Arlovski has begun training with acclaimed MMA coach Greg Jackson in October 2009. [17] Arlovski was a featured attendee at Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers where he was mobbed by a crowd of local Chicago fans. Arlovski was signed to Strikeforce and fought former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antônio Silva on 15 May 2010, at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. [18] after 3 rounds of hard hitting punches from both and no one giving in to each, Arlovski lost by unanimous decision.

Arlovski was defeated by Sergei Kharitonov via KO on 12 February 2011, as part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. It was his fourth straight loss, three of which were by way of KO. On 17 February 2011, Arlovski posted a video on his website which he spoke for over an hour, repeatedly saying that he would absolutely not retire and end his career this way. Arlovski indicated there was a situation with his trainers recommended that he retire; however, Greg Jackson was against his retirement. Arlovski dedicated himself to training exclusively with Greg Jackson in New Mexico to refocus on his MMA career and make the necessary changes to get back on track.


After several months of grueling training schedule in New Mexico with Greg Jackson and the likes of Jon Jones, Shane Carwin, and Travis Browne, Arlovski headlined ProElite 1 on 27 August at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii against heavyweight Ray Lopez. Arlovski won by TKO in the third round after dominating Lopez throughout the fight.

Arlovski faced off against veteran of over 300 fights Travis Fulton at ProElite 2 in November, serving as the co-main event. [19] Arlovski won the fight via head kick KO in the final second of the third round. It was a knockout which caused Fulton, who had never been knocked out, to regain consciousness about 5 minutes after the fight was stopped. Fulton later admitted to Arlovski in the locker room that he has never been hit that hard in all of his 300 bouts. [20]

ONE Fighting Championship

In mid-July 2012, it was announced that Arlovski had signed with the Asia-based promotion ONE Fighting Championship. [21] Originally Arlvoski was scheduled to fight Soa Palelei but Soa Palelei was later replaced with Tim Sylvia. The promotion quickly announced that Arlovski would face Tim Sylvia in his debut, marking the fourth time the two fighters had faced each other.

Arlovski and Sylvia faced off at ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation on 31 August 2012, in Manila. The fight between Arlovski and Tim Sylvia ended in a no-contest due to an illegal soccer kick by Arlovski. According to ONE FC rules, soccer kicks are legal only if the referee clears the fighter to do so after determining the grounded fighter can still intelligently defend himself. Arlovski received no such clearance, the kick was deemed illegal. Four days later One FC eliminated this restriction. This rule change, if made earlier, would have resulted in Arlovki the winner by TKO. Arlovski had knocked Tim Sylvia down with punches before he landed the illegal kicks that caused the referee to stop the fight.

World Series of Fighting

Arlovski headlined the debut event from the World Series of Fighting against fellow Strikeforce veteran Devin Cole on 3 November 2012, at World Series of Fighting 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event aired live on NBC Sports. [22] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Arlovski fought Anthony Johnson in the main event at World Series of Fighting 2 on 23 March 2013. [23] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Controversy arose after the fight when it was revealed that multiple rounds exceeded the five-minute time limit. The punch believed to have broken Arlovski's jaw was landed after when time should have expired. [24]

Arlovski next replaced an injured Anthony Johnson against Mike Kyle at WSOF 5 on 14 September 2013. [25] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Independent promotions

Arlovski faced Bellator veteran Mike Hayes at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 9 on 16 December 2012, in Moscow, Russia. [26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Arlovski was also scheduled to fight 2 time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion and veteran of over 60 fights Jeff Monson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 2 February 2013, but the event was postponed. [27]

Arlovski fought Andreas Kraniotakes at Fight Nights - Battle in Minsk on 29 November 2013, and Arlovski won the fight via TKO in the second round. [28]

Return to UFC

On 24 April 2014, it was confirmed by multiple MMA media websites that Arlovski had been granted his release from WSOF to return to UFC. [29] [30] The former heavyweight champion fought Brendan Schaub at UFC 174 on 14 June 2014. [31] [32] Arlovski was victorious in his return to the UFC, defeating Schaub via split decision (28–29, 29–28, and 29–28).

It was announced that Arlovski would be facing Antônio Silva in a rematch on 13 September 2014, at UFC Fight Night 51. [33] Despite being a heavy betting underdog, Arlovski won the fight via knockout in the first round, after landing two consecutive right hands that dropped Silva and subsequent hammerfists on the ground with Silva unable to defend himself. This win also won Arlovski his first Performance of the Night bonus award. [34]

Arlovski faced Travis Browne on 23 May 2015, at UFC 187. [35] Despite being a heavy underdog and being knocked down in the first round, Arlovski stunned Browne multiple times throughout the opening minutes, and eventually won the fight via TKO in the first round. Post-fight, Joe Rogan revealed on commentary that Arlovski came close to withdrawing from the fight due to a calf injury in training. [36] The win also earned Arlovski his first Fight of the Night bonus award. [37]

Arlovski faced Frank Mir on 5 September 2015, at UFC 191, winning by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 30–27) [38] in a fight which many, including UFC president Dana White, thought Mir won. [39] [40] 12 of 15 media outlets, however, scored the bout in favor of Arlovski. [41]

Arlovski returned to face Stipe Miocic on 2 January 2016, at UFC 195. [42] He was defeated via TKO in the first round. [43]

Arlovski faced Alistair Overeem on 8 May 2016, at UFC Fight Night 87. [44] After a back and forth first round, Arlovski lost the fight via TKO in the second round. [45]

Arlovski next faced Josh Barnett on 3 September 2016, at UFC Fight Night 93. [46] He lost the fight via submission in the third round, resulting in his first submission loss in his professional MMA Career. [47] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance. [48]

Arlovski faced Francis Ngannou on 28 January 2017 at UFC on Fox 23. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. [49]

Arlovski faced Marcin Tybura on 17 June 2017 at UFC Fight Night 111. [50] He lost the fight by unanimous decision (29–28, 28–27, and 29–27). [51]

After five consecutive defeats, Arlovski relocated his training to American Top Team. [52]

Arlovski faced Júnior Albini at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis on 11 November 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. [53] He won the fight via unanimous decision. [54]

Arlovski faced Stefan Struve on 4 March 2018 at UFC 222. [55] He won the fight by unanimous decision. In this fight, Arlovski landed a career best 4 takedowns, more than his entire career previous to this fight (3) combined. [56]

Arlovski faced Tai Tuivasa at UFC 225 on 9 June 2018. [57] He lost the fight via a controversial unanimous decision. [58]

Arlovski faced Shamil Abdurakhimov on 15 September 2018 at UFC Fight Night 136. [59] He lost the fight by unanimous decision. [60]

Arlovski faced Walt Harris on 29 December 2018 at UFC 232. [61] He lost the fight via split decision. [62] The result was overturned to no contest after Harris tested positive for prohibited substance LGB4033, a selective androgen receptor module (SARM). [63]

Arlovski is scheduled to face Augusto Sakai on April 27 at UFC on ESPN 3. [64]

Personal life

Arlovski resides in Chicago with his wife, son and their pit bull Maximus. He is an Orthodox Christian. Arlovski did a public service announcement against dog fighting featuring Maximus and calling it inhumane and torture. Arlovski said he chose his nickname The Pitbull for the positive qualities these dogs have. [65]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed Martial arts


Movie and television career

Arlovski's movie debut was in 8 of Diamonds in 2006. He starred in Universal Soldier: Regeneration in 2009, along with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. In the movie, he plays an "NGU", a new generation UniSol in the main "bad guy" role. The movie was released directly to video on 2 February 2010, in the United States. [70] Arlovski also played a part in the next Universal Soldier movie — Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning , released in theaters on 30 November 2012, and on demand on 25 October 2012. [71] In 2018 he appeared in the opening scene of'The Equalizer 2' as a Russian mobster, oposed to Denzel Washington. [72] Arlovski appeared on the TV show Limitless episode 7 "Brian Finch's Black Op". Arlovski plays the role of a suspected terrorist hunted by the CIA. The show originally aired 3 November 2015. [73]

Arlovski appeared on Mayhem Miller's MTV show Bully Beatdown in which he beat up a bully, earning the bully's victims $10,000. [74]

Mixed martial arts record

NC27–17 (2) Walt Harris No Contest (overturned) UFC 232 29 December 201835:00 Inglewood, California, United StatesOriginally a split-decision win for Harris; overturned after Harris failed a post-fight drug test for the prohibited substance LGD-4033.
Loss27–17 (1) Shamil Abdurakhimov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oliynyk 15 September 201835:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss27–16 (1) Tai Tuivasa Decision (unanimous) UFC 225 9 June 201835:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win27–15 (1) Stefan Struve Decision (unanimous) UFC 222 3 March 201835:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win26–15 (1) Júnior Albini Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis 11 November 201735:00 Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Loss25–15 (1) Marcin Tybura Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia 17 June 201735:00 Kallang, Singapore
Loss25–14 (1) Francis Ngannou TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña 28 January 201711:32 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss25–13 (1) Josh Barnett Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett 3 September 201632:53 Hamburg, GermanyFight of the Night.
Loss25–12 (1) Alistair Overeem TKO (crane kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski 8 May 201621:12 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Loss25–11 (1) Stipe Miocic TKO (punches) UFC 195 2 January 201610:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win25–10 (1) Frank Mir Decision (unanimous) UFC 191 5 September 201535:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win24–10 (1) Travis Browne TKO (punches) UFC 187 23 May 201514:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win23–10 (1) Antônio Silva KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Arlovski 13 September 201412:59 Brasília, BrazilPerformance of the Night.
Win22–10 (1) Brendan Schaub Decision (split) UFC 174 14 June 201435:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win21–10 (1)Andreas KraniotakesTKO (punches)Fight Nights: Battle in Minsk29 November 201323:14 Minsk, Belarus
Win20–10 (1) Mike Kyle Decision (unanimous) WSOF 5 14 September 201335:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss19–10 (1) Anthony Johnson Decision (unanimous) WSOF 2 23 March 201335:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win19–9 (1) Mike Hayes Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 9 16 December 201235:00 Moscow, Russia
Win18–9 (1) Devin Cole TKO (punches) WSOF 1 3 November 201212:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC17–9 (1) Tim Sylvia NC (illegal soccer kicks) One FC 5: Pride of a Nation 31 August 201224:46 Quezon City, Philippines
Win17–9 Travis Fulton KO (head kick)ProElite 2: Big Guns5 November 201134:59 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win16–9Ray LopezTKO (punches)ProElite: Arlovski vs. Lopez27 August 201132:43 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss15–9 Sergei Kharitonov KO (punches) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva 12 February 201112:49 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Loss15–8 Antônio Silva Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery 15 May 201035:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Loss15–7 Brett Rogers TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields 6 June 200910:22 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Loss15–6 Fedor Emelianenko KO (punch) Affliction: Day of Reckoning 24 January 200913:14 Anaheim, California, United StatesFor the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship.
Win15–5 Roy Nelson KO (punch) EliteXC: Heat 4 October 200821:46 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win14–5 Ben Rothwell KO (punches) Affliction: Banned 19 July 200831:13 Anaheim, California, United States
Win13–5 Jake O'Brien TKO (punches) UFC 82 1 March 200824:17 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win12–5 Fabrício Werdum Decision (unanimous) UFC 70 21 April 200735:00 Manchester, England
Win11–5 Márcio Cruz TKO (punches) UFC 66 30 December 200613:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss10–5 Tim Sylvia Decision (unanimous) UFC 61 8 July 200655:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss10–4 Tim Sylvia TKO (punches) UFC 59 15 April 200612:43 Anaheim, California, United StatesLost the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win10–3 Paul Buentello KO (punch) UFC 55 7 October 200510:15 Uncasville, Connecticut, United StatesDefended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win9–3 Justin Eilers TKO (punches) UFC 53 4 June 200514:10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesDefended the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Later promoted to undisputed champion.
Win8–3 Tim Sylvia Submission (achilles lock) UFC 51 5 February 200510:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win7–3 Wesley Correira TKO (punches) UFC 47 2 April 200421:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win6–3 Vladimir Matyushenko KO (punch) UFC 44 26 September 200312:10 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Win5–3 Ian Freeman TKO (punches) UFC 40 22 November 200211:25 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Loss4–3 Pedro Rizzo KO (punches) UFC 36 22 March 200231:45 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Loss4–2 Ricco Rodriguez TKO (punches) UFC 32 29 June 200131:23 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win4–1 Aaron Brink Submission (armbar) UFC 28 17 November 200010:55 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win3–1John DixsonKO (punches)Super Fight13 May 200010:13 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win2–1 Roman Zentsov TKO (punches and knees) M-1 MFC: European Championship 2000 9 April 200011:18 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win1–1Michael TielrooySubmission (guillotine choke) M-1 MFC: European Championship 2000 9 April 200011:25 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss0–1 Viacheslav Datsik KO (punch) M-1 MFC: World Championship 1999 9 April 199916:05 Saint Petersburg, Russia


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New title 1st UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
5 February 2005 – 12 August 2005
promoted to UFC Heavyweight Champion
Title next held by
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Title last held by
Frank Mir
11th UFC Heavyweight Champion
12 August 2005 – 15 April 2006
Succeeded by
Tim Sylvia