Andrei Arlovski edges Jake Collier in a razor-close heavyweight battle at UFC Vegas 53
Jake Collier- Andrei Arlovski
UFC Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski showed his heart at the age of 43 as he secures a fourth straight victory by edging Jake Collier in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 53. This was Arlovski’s 56th professional bout, it was 23 years ago when Arlovski made his professional MMA debut in April 1999. The former UFC heavyweight champion just put on his elusive style of striking on display, securing his 34th professional win. Check out the narration of the co-main event below.
Round 1: Both the fighters get intense and close the distance for the cage side. Collier lands some good knees on Arlovski’s legs. Arlovski escapes. Collier gets Arlovski in the clinch again. Knees from Collier. The fight gets back in striking range and Collier lands some good shots finishing with an elbow. Both the fighters land in exchange. Arlovski seems to be the more elusive fighter. An accidental clash of heads. Fight continues. Elbow cuts Arlovski open on the right eye. Arlovski lands a good short knee. Good shots to body and uppercut by Arlovski. Collier lands a nice left. Round ends. Close 10-9 for Arlovski.
Round 2: A low kick from Collier. A teep kick in return by Arlovski. Low kicks after low kicks from Collier. Combination of punches from Arlovski. Left hook from Collier. A much more calculative fight than the first round. Arlovski is focusing on volume and Collier is going for effectiveness. Arlovski lands a right hand with a nice slip to return from Collier. Collier lands some more power shots and Arlovski counters with a nice right hand. Collier lands some great straights after breaking a short term clinch. The round ends. A wild exchange from both sides. A draw from FirstSportz.
Andrei Arlovski puts slick setups to land his strikes in elusive style Jake Collier
Round 3: Arlovski engages with the risk of standing in front of Collier. Heavy kick by Collier. Another accidental clash of heads. Fight continues. Arlovski seems to be the superior fighter in defence. But Collier speeds manages to get former UFC champion somehow. Arlovski nearly lands a great body kick. Collier engages out of nowhere and rushes for some good shots.
Arlovski opens up Collier’s defence with a slick jab. Clinch for a brief period of time. One two from Arlovski after Collier’s low kick. Low kick and face teep kick from Arlovski. Nice one-two for Collier, big takedown for Collier. Fight ends. A war between the heavyweights. FirstSportz scores it another draw.
Results: Andrei Arlovski def. Jake Collier via split decision [30-27 Collier, 29-28 Arlovski x 2]