UFC re-signs Andrei Arlovski

Updated: April 26, 2014, 9:21 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

The UFC has re-signed former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, UFC president Dana White announced via Twitter.

Arlovski, who made his UFC debut in 2000, hasn't fought for the promotion since 2008.

"Welcome back, Andrei Arlovski," White tweeted Thursday.

The UFC announced Saturday that Arlovski will face Brendan Schaub (10-3) at UFC 174 on June 17 in Vancouver. Schaub is on a two-fight win streak.

Arlovski (21-10) is 8-5 with one no contest outside of the UFC since 2008. He won his first two fights outside of the UFC, knocking out Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson, then lost his next four bouts, three by knockout.

Fighting out of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., Arlovski rebounded from that stretch with a 6-1 upswing.

He signed with World Series of Fighting in 2012, where he went 2-1 with the loss to current UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson.

Arlovski, 35, holds notable wins over Tim Sylvia, Fabricio Werdum, Rothwell and Nelson. He won the UFC interim heavyweight title in February 2005 and became the undisputed champion following a win over Justin Ellers four months later.

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