Arlovski vs Sylvia Ends In Controversy

    The fourth meeting between Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia ended with a controversial “no contest,” as the latter was rocked by illegal soccer kicks in the second round of their Aug. 31 bout at “One FC 5”  in the Philippines.

    In “One FC,” the referee must signal an “open attack” before soccer kicks are allowed, and Arlovski apparently misunderstood the rule.

    Arlovski dropped Sylvia with a right cross followed by two soccer kicks in the second frame of action, and it initially appeared that the referee was calling a stop to the fight.

    However, the referee was signaling a temporary halt to the bout to give Sylvia time to recover since Arlovski’s soccer kicks were thrown prior to the “open attack” signal.

    Arlovski was given a yellow card, and action would be set to resume, but Sylvia told the ref that he was unable to continue because he was having trouble with his vision.

    As a result, the bout was stopped and the official ruling was a “no contest,” and both fighters agreed to meet for a fifth time at a later date under the “One FC” banner.