Here’s the breakdown:
Andrei Arlovski — “The Pitbull” is a 29-year-old fighter from Minsk, Belarus. He now lives and trains in Chicago with a background in Sambo. Sambo is a self defense combat sport combining mostly judo and wrestling, but he’s also known for his kickboxing and striking.
He joined the local law enforcement in Minsk when he was still very young and picked up this discipline during a self defense training program. He discovered he had a knack for the sport and eventually wound up competing and doing well in several high profile tournaments.
From there his martial arts career took off. Arlovski added a strong striking game to the mix and pretty quickly made his way to the UFC. He was only 21 years old when he first stepped foot in the Octagon, defeating Aaron Brink at UFC 28 with a first round rear naked choke.
He went on to lose his next two fights to Ricco Rodriguez and Pedro Rizzo, but rebounded with wins over Ian Freeman and Vladimir Matyushenko, earning him a shot at the vacant UFC heavyweight title against Tim Sylvia.
Arlovski then slapped a first round ankle lock on the big man to capture the UFC heavyweight championship. He would go on to compete seven more times for the organization, including two losses to Sylvia, before bolting for the greener pastures of the MMA free agent market.
This will be his second fight since leaving the UFC. He knocked out Ben Rothwell in the third round at Affliction: “Banned” back in July.
Roy Nelson – “Big Country” is a 32-year-old fighter out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He was the first man to ever hold the International Fight League (IFL) heavyweight championship after defeating Antoine Jaoude at the IFL World Grand Prix Finals in December.
He successfully defended the title twice against Fabiano Scherner and Brad Imes and he was still the reigning champion when the organization recently went under. He finished his IFL career with a record of (6-1) with the only loss coming last April from a split decision to Rothwell.Link