Andrei Arlovski

The loss bothers me, it hurts me. I have to do something about this. (Brett Rogers) had a good record, but I thought he was not the top like Fedor or Barnett. It was my mistake and when you make a mistake you have to pay for it. I took Rogers seriously, but I didn’t think the fight would have been this situation. I focused too much on boxing and not enough on the wrestling and jiu-jitsu. It wasn’t right. It’s another thing I have to think about. MMA is not boxing. I have to change something. I don’t understand this question about my chin. When you open your face for four or five punches it doesn’t matter your chin, you will get KOed. Rogers was great, he did what he did. I took the fight and I got my ass kicked, it’s that simple. It’s embarrassing, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I have to move on. I’m definitely going to come back.

—Andrei Arlovski speaking to his fans at (via MMA Mania) about what went wrong in his stunning knockout loss to Brett Rogers.

Without a doubt that’s a tough one to swallow. I’d be more inclined to believe that Andrei’s boxing training hurt him more than helped if he had got schooled on the ground two fights in a row. Obviously, that wasn’t the case though. That said, it probably would be wise at this point to either focus all his attention on one sport or the other. Boxing isn’t MMA and MMA isn’t boxing.

I don’t doubt he’ll be back, but I’m also not sure exactly what path he needs to take to get there. But for starters, how about an opponent who doesn’t have the punching power to put his lights out for the third time in a row? Just a suggestion.

Image courtesy of Esther Lin ( & Showtime

Update: Arlovski has been medically suspended for 60 days, and thus will miss his pro boxing debut on June 27.