Andrei Arlovski ‘almost snapped’ when Carlos Felipe started trash talking him

Andrei Arlovski | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCAndrei Arlovski found himself engaged in some mental warfare against Carlos Felipe. The two heavyweights clashed in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 40 this past Saturday and after a three-round striking battle, Arlovski emerged victorious. It was a competitive fight with a result that easily could have swung in the other direction if a few key moments had gone differently. As Arlovski remembers it, he had to keep his composure in the latter stages of the contest when Felipe started letting the trash talk fly. “He was super cocky,” Arlovski said on The MMA Hour on Wednesday. “I almost snapped in the second round when he starts going, ‘Oh, what’s up, b*tch, let’s fight.’ Like, blah blah blah. And I guess [coaches] Mike Brown or Paulino Hernandez heard this and in the rest between the second and third round, they told me, ‘Please, be calm. Don’t do anything. Just stick to this game plan,” and I’m so glad I listened to them. I stick with my game plan and I got the victory.” It wasn’t easy for Arlovski to stay relaxed, even with over 50 pro bouts under his belt. His first instinct was not to fire back verbally, but to find a way to make Felipe pay for his words. However, keeping his goals in perspective helped the former UFC heavyweight champion stay on the winning track. “I almost snapped, I remember I was tired and I get even more tired because I’m thinking, ‘What the f*ck? What I can do? What I can do to him? How can I answer because they’re not nice words,’ so I decided a W is more important than ‘What if?’” Arlovski said. “The heavyweight division, one punch and the fight’s over. I know for a fact from my own experience.” Arlovski, 42, has now won two straight fights and four of his past five, a stunning turnaround from a recent 13-fight stretch in which he only managed three victories. He joked that he’s ready to fight for the world title now, but otherwise did not have a name in mind for his next opponent. As far as his clean-shaven look goes, Arlovski said it was part of the process of getting over the emotions from his heated battle with Felipe. “F*ck no,” Arlovski said when asked if he said anything to Felipe afterwards. “They asked me—You know what I thought when I came back after medical checks, after interviews I come back to the hotel, I took a shower, I washed my beard with a special new shampoo, and I still feel something like it’s in my beard. That’s why I decided to shave. I come back home and I just did a clean shave and now I feel much better.”

Andrei Arlovski ‘almost snapped’ when Carlos Felipe started trash talking him
Andrei Arlovski | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Andrei Arlovski found himself engaged in some mental warfare against Carlos Felipe.

The two heavyweights clashed in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 40 this past Saturday and after a three-round striking battle, Arlovski emerged victorious. It was a competitive fight with a result that easily could have swung in the other direction if a few key moments had gone differently. As Arlovski remembers it, he had to keep his composure in the latter stages of the contest when Felipe started letting the trash talk fly.

“He was super cocky,” Arlovski said on Wednesday. “I almost snapped in the second round when he starts going, ‘Oh, what’s up, b*tch, let’s fight.’ Like, blah blah blah. And I guess [coaches] Mike Brown or Paulino Hernandez heard this and in the rest between the second and third round, they told me, ‘Please, be calm. Don’t do anything. Just stick to this game plan,” and I’m so glad I listened to them. I stick with my game plan and I got the victory.”

It wasn’t easy for Arlovski to stay relaxed, even with over 50 pro bouts under his belt. His first instinct was not to fire back verbally, but to find a way to make Felipe pay for his words.

However, keeping his goals in perspective helped the former UFC heavyweight champion stay on the winning track.

“I almost snapped, I remember I was tired and I get even more tired because I’m thinking, ‘What the f*ck? What I can do? What I can do to him? How can I answer because they’re not nice words,’ so I decided a W is more important than ‘What if?’” Arlovski said. “The heavyweight division, one punch and the fight’s over. I know for a fact from my own experience.”

Arlovski, 42, has now won two straight fights and four of his past five, a stunning turnaround from a recent 13-fight stretch in which he only managed three victories. He joked that he’s ready to fight for the world title now, but otherwise did not have a name in mind for his next opponent.

As far as his clean-shaven look goes, Arlovski said it was part of the process of getting over the emotions from his heated battle with Felipe.

“F*ck no,” Arlovski said when asked if he said anything to Felipe afterwards. “They asked me—You know what I thought when I came back after medical checks, after interviews I come back to the hotel, I took a shower, I washed my beard with a special new shampoo, and I still feel something like it’s in my beard. That’s why I decided to shave. I come back home and I just did a clean shave and now I feel much better.”

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Marvin Vettori vs. Paulo Costa confirmed as 195-pound catchweight fight in UFC Vegas 41 headliner

Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesMarvin Vettori and Paulo Costa have now agreed to a catchweight fight ahead of their showdown in the UFC Vegas 41 main event. On Thursday, UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting the Saturday headliner will now take place at 195 pounds with Costa surrendering 20 percent of his purse to Vettori to re-book the fight. News of the change was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. The fight was initially contracted at middleweight, but Costa arrived on fight week well over the 186-pound limit required for a non-title bout. Costa said during UFC Vegas 41 media day that he weighed around 211 pounds and there was no way he could cut down to the middleweight limit. He then asked for concession from Vettori to make their fight a catchweight, or even bump up as high as 205 pounds in order to move forward. “I think this fight will happen,” Costa said on Wednesday. “It just will not happen if he don’t want to fight me. Maybe we can do a catchweight 195 [pounds] maybe but I think make this fight [205 pounds] could be more exciting to the fans. “More explosive fight cause I want to go bring the fight for him. Maybe he wants to bring the fight to me. I think with both guys heavy, this knockout can happen easily.” For his part, Vettori had no intention of dropping out of the fight, but he also needed to know the targeted weight because he was already shedding pounds in order to compete at middleweight. Late Wednesday night, Vettori’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting that they had agreed to a catchweight, but they were still awaiting word from Costa and his team on a final decision for the fight to move ahead as scheduled. Now, all sides have agreed to the 195-pound catchweight fight with Vettori receiving a portion of Costa’s purse as punishment. Vettori and Costa will hit the scale on Friday morning from Las Vegas with the Nevada Athletic Commission overseeing the proceedings. If Costa fails to make the 195-pound limit, he could face additional fines or penalties from the commission.

Marvin Vettori vs. Paulo Costa confirmed as 195-pound catchweight fight in UFC Vegas 41 headliner
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Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa have now agreed to a catchweight fight ahead of their showdown in the UFC Vegas 41 main event.

On Thursday, UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting the Saturday headliner will now take place at 195 pounds with Costa surrendering 20 percent of his purse to Vettori to re-book the fight.

News of the change was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The fight was initially contracted at middleweight, but Costa arrived on fight week well over the 186-pound limit required for a non-title bout. Costa said during UFC Vegas 41 media day that he weighed around 211 pounds and there was no way he could cut down to the middleweight limit.

He then asked for concession from Vettori to make their fight a catchweight, or even bump up as high as 205 pounds in order to move forward.

“I think this fight will happen,” Costa said on Wednesday. “It just will not happen if he don’t want to fight me. Maybe we can do a catchweight 195 [pounds] maybe but I think make this fight [205 pounds] could be more exciting to the fans.

“More explosive fight cause I want to go bring the fight for him. Maybe he wants to bring the fight to me. I think with both guys heavy, this knockout can happen easily.”

For his part, Vettori had no intention of dropping out of the fight, but he also needed to know the targeted weight because he was already shedding pounds in order to compete at middleweight.

Late Wednesday night, Vettori’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting that they had agreed to a catchweight, but they were still awaiting word from Costa and his team on a final decision for the fight to move ahead as scheduled.

Now, all sides have agreed to the 195-pound catchweight fight with Vettori receiving a portion of Costa’s purse as punishment.

Vettori and Costa will hit the scale on Friday morning from Las Vegas with the Nevada Athletic Commission overseeing the proceedings. If Costa fails to make the 195-pound limit, he could face additional fines or penalties from the commission.

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