The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, April 30, 2022, for UFC on ESPN 35, going down live from the Apex Center in Enterprise, Nevada.
Headlining the card is a bantamweight bout between ranked contenders Rob Font (no. 5) and Marlon Vera (no. 8).
Co-headlining the event is a heavyweight contest that sees former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski face off against Jake Collier.
Arlovski, to our surprise, has gone 5-1 over his last six, while Collier has gone 2-2 since moving up to the heavyweight division.
Continue reading to see how this featherweight bout went down:
Official Result: Andrei Arlovski def. Jake Collier via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Collier ties up with Arlovski early and presses him into the fence in search of a takedown, though he’s unable to secure it. Arlovski separates and lands some punches, before Collier ties him back up, securing double underhooks.
Collier’s still however unable to take Arlovski down.
Arlovski lands some nice combos in the first round, and Collier landed a few nice left hooks.
Collier begins to get his leg kick going in round two, though Arlovski answers with punches. Collier starts to land a lot more toward the middle of the round as well and secures a momentary takedown in the second as well.
This is a very close encounter two rounds in.
Both men throw heavy leather pretty much the entire third round.
They’re both becoming more tired as the fight goes on, but both are still regularly throwing, landing, and both of their chins are holding up.
This was a very close fight that could’ve easily gone either way.
Nonetheless, Andrei Arlovski is now 6-1 over his last seven bouts, and 7-2 over his last nine. At 43 years of age, that’s just incredible. Who would’ve thought?
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