Andrei Arlovski has lost four straight fights. At one time he was on top of the world, ranked #2 in the world in the heavyweight division. Now, after the string of losses, people are questioning if he should just give it up altogher and retire from the fight game. It’s not that he’s losing, it’s how he’s losing. Three of four losses coming by knockout would make anyone question whether Arlovski still has it, would shake any fanbase to its’ core.
If I were a fan, I’d tell him not to quit. You’re only 32 years old. Plenty of time to get back amongst the greatest heavyweights on the planet. Fight fans have a short memory. String together three wins and all of a sudden you’re back.
If I were a fan, I’d tell him to work on his defense, not his offense. You’re one of the best strikers in the division. Offense has never been a problem. The problem is when you back up. You drop your hands to gain speed in the retreat. Huge mistake. That’s boxing 101. Keep your hands up and all will be well.
If I were a fan, I’d tell him to bring back the aggression that got him to the top of the mountain. In the past, you devastated opponents with your speed and power. You would land some shots and you’d press and cause your opponent to wilt under the barrage of punches and kicks. Lately you’ve gained too much control. Now, you seem to want to box and get out, box and get out. Use your strengths: Strength, speed, and accuracy. Simply put, uncage the “Pit Bull.”
If I were a fan, I’d tell him to not be afraid of using his ground game. Keep your opponent guessing. You have fantastic ground credentials. You’ve been practicing Sambo since your youth and are a multiple time champion with a rank of 1st Razryad International Master. Not to mention your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wrestling skills. You’ve never been submitted and I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.
If I were a fan, I’d tell him that he needs a new crew of coaches and trainers. While the current guys are close friends, it’s just not working out. Visiting the American Kickboxing Academy and Jackson’s MMA is a start, but you need to make one of those high level gyms your permanent home. Xtreme Couture would also be a great choice.
If I were a fan, I’d tell him how much I live and die with his fights. It’s like I’m in your place. When you walk towards the cage the butterflies start to build up in my stomach. When the bell sounds, my heart races and the adrenaline is nearly uncontrollable. All the situations that could happen in the fight flood my brain. I’m guessing and what your opponent will do, and telling you what you should do. And when you win, the highs I feel are euphoric. But when you lose, I want the world to disappear. I feel like I let you down.
And as a fan, I want to let you know that I’ll be here until the end, but changes need to be made. We all can’t go through another loss. Not when you are capable of beating any given fighter on any given day. WARLOVSKI!