Andrei Arlovski Withdraws from K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

Aaron YoungContributor IIISeptember 29, 2010

Andrei Arlovski's much anticipated K-1 debut has now been put on hold.

On Tuesday, Arlovski, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, announced on his Twitter account that he will no longer be participating in this Saturday's K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final 16.

"The Pitbull" was scheduled to fight Raul Catinas, a young Romanian kickboxer, in the first round of the K-1 World Grand Prix.

Although the exact reason behind the last-minute change has not been confirmed, it is rumored that the Belarusian suffered a broken nose in training for the fight, which is causing impaired vision.

Another rumor circulating cites a lack of financial stability on K-1's part as the reason for cancellation.

K-1 is now left with only three days to determine a replacement fighter to take on Catinas. As of right now, no favorite for the vacancy is known.

There are several kickboxers that did not receive enough fan votes to fill one of eight open spots two weeks ago. That list of fighters includes Alexey Ignashov, Melvin Manhoef, Zabit Samedov, Singh Jaideep, Catalin Mororsanu, Sergii Lashchenko, and Patrice Quarterton. However, the health and availability of those fighters is not known.

One of the six fighters (Min Ho Song, Hyun Man Myung, Sergey Kharitonov, Takumi Sato, Chalid Arrab, Dzevad Poturak) participating in Seoul on Saturday that are not fighting in tournament bouts could be promoted to the Grand Prix and fill Arlovski's spot.

Andrei Arlovski's future with the company is also not apparent at press time.

More is expected to come on this developing story.