MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve set for UFC 222

UFC officials announced Thursday that former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will face Stefan Struve at UFC 222 on March 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Arlovski (26-15) snapped his five-fight skid in his last bout, defeating Junior Albini at UFC Fight Night 120 in November. The 38-year-old will look for his first two-fight win streak since September 2015. Struve (28-9) is coming off a third-round TKO loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 115. The 29-year-old is 2-2 in his last four fights. Here’s an updated look at the card.

C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard
Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve

UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt retires

After 18-years in MMA, Nate Marquardt is hanging up his gloves as he announced Thursday on his blog

Marquardt (35-19-2) is coming off a he lost a split decision set back Cezar Ferreira, which was his third-loss in a row. The Colorado native had an impressive career that saw him earn a title shot against Anderson Silva at UFC 73 and win the Strikeforce welterweight title by knocking out current UFC champ Tyron Woodley at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. The 38-year-old released the following statement.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Since I became a Christian, this has been one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Jesus said we must become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven. The humility that a child has is shown in their dependency on and trust in their parents. I have had many accomplishments and victories as well as many trials and upsets in my career. I have won 4 world titles and I have subsequently lost three of them. I have had many winning and losing streaks. I have battled chronic injuries and had 6 surgeries. I have learned that I can trust God in every situation and need to put him first. After 22 years as an athlete in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, I believe God is calling me in another direction. I want to thank everyone that has supported me throughout my career, including the UFC, Strikeforce and Pancrase. I have many fans that have stuck by me in the ups and the downs and I want you to know that I really appreciate it. I have been blessed to work with so many of the best coaches and training partners in the world and I have much gratitude for every moment of it. I cherish all the relationships that have been formed through this that sport we love. I am exceedingly grateful for those closest to me: my coaches, teammates, friends, wife and family. Above all, I thank God for his provision, protection, patience and guidance through my career. I am also happy to say that I will still be involved in MMA on many levels. I will continue training in all aspects of MMA and I will also continue to run my sports ministry, Resurrection Jiu-Jitsu. I am currently pursuing a degree at Gateway Seminary, and I plan on using my experience in MMA and the UFC on the mission field. At this point, my family and I are praying for direction for where God is leading us globally and by what means. Wherever and however we go, I believe God will use MMA in some capacity, either teaching at a gym, coaching fighters, running a sports ministry, and/or teaching seminars. Either way, we are excited for this next season in our life as a family and we are confident that God is directing our paths!”

Written by James Lynch

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