When Andrei “Pit Bull” Arlovski left UFC for Affliction in 2008, he was considered to be hot on the comeback trail, and perhaps one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars — especially after ending Ben Rothwell’s 13-fight win streak in Affliction: Banned on July 19 of that year. But he had also ended a relationship with former Playboy model Patricia Mikula. And it wasn’t long before his downward spiral commenced.
Did beauty kill the beast? We’ll probably never know for sure. But we do know that Arlovski seems to have hit rock bottom recently, confessing to having played Russian Roulette, with live ammo, sometime during the past few months. Do we believe him? Probably.
FIGHTER.COM’S 10th-ranked heavyweight (14-7) shocked MMA fans with the claim in an interview with that site on Wednesday. A spokesman for Arlovski quickly called FIGHTERS.COM to say the fighter has never thought of taking his own life.
“First time I was 16, second time I was 30,” said the thirty-year old former UFC heavyweight champion. “It’s when you don’t care about anything.”
Keith Gelman, spokesman for Arlovski, contacted Fighters.com to emphasize Arlovski has never contemplated taking his own life.
Arlovski was knocked out in 22 seconds by fourth-ranked “Grim” Brett Rogers (8-0) at Strikeforce in St. Louis 6 June after meeting the same end in the first round by Fighters.com Heavyweight Champion “Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (29-1) at Affliction M-1 Global in Anaheim 24 January.
After his devastating second knockout loss, Arlovski returned to his native Belarus. “I talked to some priest. He read me a poem,” Arlovski related. He also spent couch time with a sports psychologist to the Russian Olympic wrestling team and communed with his family.
“I cried a lot after my fights, you know. When I lost to Fedor, I cried. When I lost to Rogers, I cried. You might be surprised, but I had tears a lot in my last relationship,” Arlovski told, referencing his relationship with Playboy model Patricia Mikula.
The Polish model was accused by MMA fans of turning Arlovski soft, and while that’s debatable, she has shown up at one of his fights on the arm of one of Arlovski’s biggest rivals, Tim Sylvia.
Arlovski is also a boxer and a wrestler, and had planned to make his boxing debut on June 27. But that was postponed when Missouri’s Office of Athletics issued a 60-day medical suspension after Arlovski’s now-infamous 22-second knockout loss to Brett Rogers at Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” in St. Louis.
Well, there’s always film. Arlovski has finished filming “Universal Soldier: A New Beginning” with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, scheduled to be released later this year. Here’s the plot:
The story surrounds a maniacal Chechen nationalist by the name of Basayev who seizes control of what’s left of Chernobyl, threatening to unleash a radioactive cloud unless his demands are met. Luc Devereaux (Van Damme) joins a team of revived UniSoldiers with the mission to retake Chernobyl and deactivate the explosives rigged by Basayev. Devereaux finds one of the reactivated soldiers is a clone of his old Seargent, Andrew Scott (Lundgren). But the cloned Scott doesn’t have any memory of Devereaux so it seems they might stay friends…or not. It seems the cloned Scott has a mind-control chip implanted, and Baseyev has control of it.
I wrote many similar movies in the back pages of my spiral notebook during biology class in junior high, only with a bit more character development. How did this post devolve from a serious subject like attempted suicide to a description of a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie? It’s a mystery. Sorry.