The heavyweight matchup was originally scheduled to take place May 2 at UFC on ESPN+ 32 in Oklahoma City. However, the event was scrapped due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The fight has since been rebooked for May 13, the second of three events the UFC is holding in an eight-day stretch next month.
Monday, Arlovski (28-19 MMA, 17-10 UFC) was first to announce the news of the Lins (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fight by posting a picture of his bout contract on Instagram.
The fight will be Lins’ first in the promotion since signing with the UFC in February. Although Lins won the 2018 PFL Championship and the $1 million that came with it, he withdrew from the 2019 season due to an apparent injury. Prior to his undefeated four-fight stint with PFL, Lins competed in Bellator from 2014-2017. During his Bellator tenure, Lins went 3-3.
As for Arlovski, “The Pitbull” has struggled as of late, going 1-4 with one no contest in his most recent six fights. Arlovski’s most recent bout came in November, when he was knocked out by surging Surinamese heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
The May event takes place 13 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The main card is expected to air on ESPN and stream on ESPN+.
With the addition, the current UFC lineup for May 13 includes:
- Anthony Smith vs. Glover Teixeira
- Ben Rothwell vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Karl Roberson vs. Marvin Vettori
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Philipe Lins