Andrei Arlovski

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It appears the rumors of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski joining the boxing world are indeed true.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed that former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has indeed signed with Golden Boy Promotions and his next fight will take place inside of a boxing ring.

Arlovski had been training under legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach for his fight last month against Fedor Emelianenko. In the weeks leading up to the fight, Roach publicly said Andrei would transition to boxing and even challenge for the heavyweight title after he took out Fedor. Obviously, beating Fedor didn’t happen, but it appears Andrei’s going to give the sweet science a shot anyways, although it remains to be seen as to whether Andrei will in fact make a run for the title.

As a fan of MMA, I’m sad to see Arlovski moving on, although it may be what makes the most sense for him at this point in his career. At the very least, we’ll finally get to see how a mixed martial artist fares against a high-level professional boxer in a boxing match.

Best of luck Andrei. We’ll be watching.