Even Andrei Arlovski knew there was no cause for celebration.
Moments after the judges confirmed his unanimous-decision win over Frank Mir on Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 191, Arlovski stood in the middle of the cage, shaking his head and apologizing.
“The crowd is right to boo me,” the 36-year-old Pit Bull told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan during his postfight interview. “I’m disappointed because I underestimated him. ... To be honest with you, I thought it was going to be an easy fight, but it wasn’t.”
Arlovski got that right.
This wasn’t an easy fight for anyone, including fans who sat through a mostly underwhelming pay-per-view card and hoped the two former heavyweight champions could provide the night’s only fireworks. Instead, Mir and Arlovski slogged to a tepid 15-minute decision that only squandered the momentum each had built up during recent career turnarounds.