Andrei Arlovski has hinted that he has no plans to retire from fighting in the UFC following his loss to Josh Barnett at UFC Fight Night 93 on Saturday.
Arlovski was made to submit via the rear naked choke in the third round of the bout in Hamburg, Germany, his third consecutive loss.
The 37-year-old admitted that Barnett was the better fighter, but made it clear that he will rebound from the defeat.
“He was better man tonight,” he said. “Thank you very much for the fight. Good luck to him in the future. I’m still top 10. So, it’s totally up to my managers what’s next for me and totally up to the UFC.
“We’re going to sit down with our coaches. We’re going to see what was wrong during my camp and we’re going to move forward. I’m still top 10 and I lost to guys who next weekend are going to fight for the title. Another guy, Josh Barnett, he’s tough, no doubt.”
With his last win having come a year ago against Frank Mir, Arlovski revealed that he plans to take a break from fighting in the Octagon and mull over his options before deciding what his next move will be.
“He was better man tonight,” he said. “Now I’m going to take some time off and come back stronger. At least he didn’t knock me out. He choked me and he has great wrestling skills.”