Monday, February 25, 2013

Take it from the bullied Belarusian: Andrei Arlovski and winning in front of someone else’s home crowd

Every father hopes for a son that would take the ropes and soon fulfill his athletic aspirations. However, this was not the case with Andrei Arlovski’s father for his own kid was a scrawny little one.
Yes, Andrei Arlovski, former Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight Champion and known as “The Pit Bull,” was not one of the fiercest kids at school.

It was actually the opposite.

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Unfortunately, although he wasn’t the studious-type, he did not manage to escape the inevitable fate every underdog has to experience before receiving the glory: He was bullied, and he had to wait 14 long years to retaliate. When he turned 15, he decided to lift weights and gain some unimaginable pounds—and learn the nasty art of fist fighting and bone smashing.

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He eventually became a feared warrior in the octagon. Representing his native land Belorussia, he knocked every opponent that came his way, be it a fellow Soviet or an outsider. Then, after three years, fueled by a bully story he himself has experienced and inspired by a Belarusian stimulation, he went to America and continued beating the present bullies of the league—Ian Freeman, Vladimir Matyushenko, Paul Buentello, and his archrival, Tim Sylvia—in front of their respective home crowds, humiliating them with his blood-smeared fist apiece, with victory.

His success landed him on a TV show and a straight-to-DVD movie; the latter casts him as a villain with the angsts (countenance-wise, at least) of a bully-beater, while the former showcases him as a bullying victim and survivor, giving out anti-bullying lessons and mixed martial moves on counterattacking approaching adversaries.

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Brad Pyatt’s company website offers more information about mixed martial arts and athleticism.