Heavyweight veteran Andrei Arlovski will return to action next month, facing Jared Vanderaa at UFC’s February 12th pay-per-view event.
The fight is set to join UFC 271 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, per a report from Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
Arlovski is coming back after an active 2021. While the pro of over two decades started last year with a submission loss to Tom Aspinall, he later went the distance for decision wins over Chase Sherman and Carlos Felipe.
Vanderaa was finished last time around, getting stopped in October by undefeated prospect Alexandr Romanov. He earned his first UFC win before then, defeating Justin Tafa in May.
Vanderaa was previously booked to face UFC newcomer Azamat Murzakanov in December. However, that fight was thrown out on short notice due to Vanderaa not being medically cleared to compete.
UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is set to meet Robert Whittaker in a rematch at UFC 271. Here is the extensive, updated card:
Bout 15: Israel Adesanya (21-1) vs. Robert Whittaker (23-5) (UFC Middleweight Championship)
Bout 14: Derek Brunson (23-7) vs. Jared Cannonier (14-5) (Middleweight)
Bout 13: Douglas Silva de Andrade (27-4) vs. Sergey Morozov (17-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 12: Kyler Phillips (9-2) vs. Marcelo Rojo (16-7) (Bantamweight)
Bout 11: Alexander Hernandez (13-4) vs. Renato Moicano (15-4-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 10: Roxanne Modafferi (25-19) vs. Casey O’Neill (8-0) (Flyweight)
Bout 9: Carlos Ulberg (3-1) vs. Fabio Cherant (7-3) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Orion Cosce (7-1) vs. Mike Diamond (3-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 7: Alex Perez (24-6) vs. Matt Schnell (15-6) (Flyweight)
Bout 6: Vinc Pichel (14-2) vs. Mark O. Madsen (11-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 5: Jacob Malkoun (5-1) vs. AJ Dobson (6-0) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Ronnie Lawrence (7-1) vs. Mana Martinez (9-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Ed Herman (25-15) vs. Maxim Grishin (31-9-2) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Nasrat Haqparast (13-4) vs. Bobby Green (28-12-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Andrei Arlovski (32-20) vs. Jared Vanderaa (12-6) (Heavyweight)