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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.

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, 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.

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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