Andrei Arlovski back in UFC almost six years later

Andrei Arlovski is returning to UFC after almost six years away from the sport. (Handout)

Andrei Arlovski is returning to UFC after almost six years away from the sport. (Handout)

Daniel Austin, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

It’s been a while since Andrei Arlovski was the most feared heavyweight on the UFC’s roster.

When he steps back into the octagon and faces off with Brendan Schaub at UFC 174 in Vancouver, Arlovski will be re-entering a heavyweight division with little in common to the one he left back in 2008.

His exit came before Brock Lesnar took the division by storm and a host of bigger, heavier behemoths took over.

After almost six years away, though, Arlovski believes he’s got as good a chance as ever at putting together a winning streak.

“Right now, I’m smarter and more educated in my fighting styles,” Arlovski told MMAJunkie Radio. “At this point, I might be better than ever.

“I’m going to be smart and beat my next opponent. But at the same time, this is going to be my debut in the UFC. I need to take it one step at a time. I’m not scared to train hard and fight hard - I’m just ready for big changes in my career, period.”

With the addition of the Arlovski-


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