Former UFC heavyweight champion and bonafide living legend Andrei Arlovski carried a four-fight win streak into his UFC Vegas 63 match-up with Marcos Rogerio de Lima on Saturday.
Making a habit of fighting veterans of late, de Lima was looking to get back in the win column following a loss to Blagoy Ivanov. Prior to that, he had finished “Big” Ben Rothwell in what turned out to be Rothwell’s final fight in the promotion.
The Brazilian returned to the win, and finish, column on Saturday.
The UFC veteran and former champion, Arlovski, was coming into the bout off the back of two split decision wins, and it was expected that he’d come into the bout passive. That wasn’t the case. The two behemoth heavyweights started trading extremely early on, and de Lima managed to sneak in a hook, dropping Arlovski to the ground. From there, the Brazilian looked extremely calm and transitioned to the back of the Belarusian, and from that position, he sunk in a heavy rear-naked-choke. Arlovski couldn’t take anymore of the pressure under his chin and tapped.
De Lima see’s himself get back into the winning column, and picks up yet another win against a UFC legend, and will look to put together back-to-back wins for only the third time in his UFC tenure.
Official Result: Marcos Rogerio De Lima def. Andrei Arlovski by submission (rear-naked-choke), Round 1, 1:50