By all accounts, UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski is a beast, perhaps stereotyped by those on the outside as a remorseless sadistic animal who finds joy in maiming others and is disturbed only by being unable to actually dismember opponents during a fight. Not true. Arlovski is an athlete, a martial artist and a guy who has a sense of humor as engaging as his skills in the octagon.

Bodybuilding is as important to Arlovski’s success as a fighter as any other aspect of his training, because power and strength are vital to be able to strike and grapple effectively to overpower an opponent. Four weeks before a fight he stops weight training to avoid injuries and focus on flexibility and speed, but outside of that, bodybuilding is a constant in his life, and he believes it’s a necessary part of being the best.

Arlovski has developed most of his weight training and nutrition program from what he has read in bodybuilding magazines, and he has been inspired by Ronnie Coleman, Lee Haney, Dorian Yates and others. But his favorite bo

dybuilder is Milos Sarcev. To read more about Andrei Arlovski pick up the October issue of FLEX magazine at your local newsstand. On October 7th,in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Arlovski will defend his title in UFC 55 against Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello.

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