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Former champ Andrei Arlovski returns to UFC

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Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia Meet for the Fourth Time at One FC 5
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Andrei Arlovski [L} swings at Tim Sylvia (MMA Weekly)

Six years after leaving the UFC, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is back with MMA's top promotion. UFC president Dana White announced Arlovski's return via twitter Thursday.

Arlovski, 35, held the UFC heavyweight belt in 2005, before losing it to Tim Sylvia. After losing two straight to Sylvia, Arlovski strung together three consecutive wins in the UFC but couldn't come to terms on a new contract and left the promotion.

Since leaving the UFC, Arlovski has fought fourteen times for seven different promotions, going 8-5 with 1 no contest. MMA Junkie reports that the UFC is trying to match Arlovski up with Brendan Schaub for a UFC 174 scrap.

We will keep you posted with updates and details as this story develops. Are you excited to see "The Pitbull" back in the big show?

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