UFC President Dana White revealed on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show that #7 Andrei Arlovski vs. #3 Travis Browne almost did not happen at UFC 187 because Arlovski suffered a bad injury the night before of the fight.
“Two hours before he came out, we didn’t think he was going to fight,” White said. “He popped something in his calf the night before, could barely walk, was limping. The doctors checked him out and I guarantee you, he gritted it out to show the doctors that he could fight. So the doctors said it’s up to you, do you want to fight? He said yes.
UFC 187 took place on Saturday (May 23) from Las Vegas a the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event aired live on pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
White went on to say…
“Then I had people go get him and bring him to my dressing room and said, ‘Do you want to fight? Are you sure you want to take this fight? You don’t have to take this fight.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Is this seriously why you just called me back here?’ I said yeah. He said, ‘I’m fighting,’ and he left my dressing room. And then came out and did that.”
#7 Andrei Arlovski (24-10-1) 17 KOs, 3 subs, 4 decision wins in his career and is currently on a five-fight winning streak. He is 5-1 in his last six bouts. He lost to Anthony Johnson in March of 2013 by unanimous decision, but then rebounded with a hot streak of wins. He beat Mike Kyle in September of 2013 by unanimous decision, he beat Andreas Kraniotakes in November of that same year by second round KO and then returned to the UFC. He beat Brendan Schaub at UFC 174 by split decision and then knocked out Antonio Silva in September of 2014 by first-round knockout. He knocked out #3 Travis Browne in the first-round at UFC 187.
#3 Travis Browne (17-4-1) 13 KOs, 2 subs, 2 decision wins in his career and is 4-2 in his last six bouts. He is currently on a one-fight losing streak. He beat Gabriel Gonzaga in April of 2013 by first-round knockout, then knocked out Alistair Overeem in August of 2013 by first-round knockout and then at UFC 168 he did the same thing to Josh Barnett. He lost to Fabricio Werdum in April of 2014 by unanimous decision, but rebounded with a first-round knockout of Brendan Schaub at UFC 181. He was knocked out in the first-round by #7 Andrei Arlovski at UFC 187.