Posted by Aether
Yeah I'm no doctor but man Arlovski's KOs look scary to me. He doesn't just get a bit dazed, he looks like he's ******* dead when he goes down, eyes open and glassed over, completely stiff, and it's happened like 3 times in a row now. That has to take a serious toll on your brain.
I agree. I don't think any of his knockout losses could be called TKOs, they've all been KTFOs.
Posted by Aether
I really would've thought that he would start falling back on his Sambo pedigree at some point and employ a more grappling/ground and pound heavy style of fighting to try to avoid these situations, but the guy just loves to stand and trade punches I guess. Hasn't been working out the best for him against guys with decent standup and hard heads.
This has been my gripe with AA for years now. For a time, I was willing to ascribe this problem to his training staff, but he moved to Jackson's camp and did the same fracking thing.
According to Wikipedia, Andrei is an International Master of Sports in Sambo. I think that's roughly equivalent to a 2nd-degree black belt in BJJ, and is the same ranking held by Fedor Emelianenko (who, admittedly, is also a black belt in judo). He has it within his abilities to be one of the sport's well-rounded fighters, but instead he's chosen to be a boxer. And frankly, I think he overestimates his own boxing skills. Even as someone who doesn't know a lot about boxing, I expect that a decent, heavyweight professional boxer would wipe the floor with Arlovski's face in a boxing match. Heck, he'd probably murder Arlovski in an MMA match too, because AA would try to beat him at his own game.