Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski recently suffered his fourth consecutive loss when he was felled in the first round by Sergei Kharitonov on Saturday, February 12th during their quarterfinal bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament.
In preparing for the fight, Arlovski trained with one of the best trainers in mixed martial arts, Greg Jackson.
Following the fight, Jackson spoke to Sherdog Radio Network's "Beatdown" program and offered the following thoughts on Arlovski's future, "I think he’s going to come back a better fighter. You have to remember I’m a diehard optimist. It’s really hard to discourage me or tell me it shouldn’t be done or it can’t be done. I’m a guy that I think I know what to do to fix it. I’m going to try everything I can to do that."
Jackson thinks he has identified the mistake that Arlovski has been making in his recent bouts. "I’m really identifying the mistake. It went a little deeper than I thought it did,” Jackson said. “Identifying that mistake and changing what we do there is going to be a big, important factor."
As far as those that have been questioning Arlovski's chin, "I don’t think he has a weak chin," Jackson opined. "I think he’s fighting in a heavyweight division where these guys would knock down a house if they hit it.”
“I really learned a lot about Andrei and what we need to change and do differently,” Jackson stated. “I don’t discourage easily. I want to go right back to the drawing board and attack what I think we need to attack to make him a better fighter.”