The combo of an MMA fighter and actor is one that is somewhat uncommon and for this reason and more Andrei Arlovski is a special entertainer. The Belarusian-American athlete began his mixed martial arts career in 1999 and went on to win a UFC Heavyweight title and successfully defended the title once. In addition to the UFC, he has also fought under the MMA-promotion Affliction and Asia-based promotion ONE Fighting Championship. We’ve seen pro wrestlers like Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock and John Cena lead successful acting careers and a look at fledgling Andrei Arlovski movie career shows that he has everything it takes to become a movie star.
Like the two aforementioned fighters, Arlovski’s combat skills have proven an important part of the movies he has been featured in. Arlovski seems still more focused on MMA rather than acting, considering his 2014 return to the UFC (where he fights in the heavyweight division) however, when he decides it’s time to retire from throwing punches, The Pitbull as he is nicknamed has proved that he has got the skills to thrive in the movie industry. Here is a look at some of Andrei Arlovski’s movies and TV Shows ranked in order of greatness.
5 Andrei Arlovski Movies and TV Shows Rated From Best To Worst
1. Limitless (2015)
For now, most lists of Andrei Arlovski’s movies and TV shows include only one TV show and that is Limitless. The show was a thriller, comedy-drama show that aired on CBS for a season from 2015 to 2016. It was developed based on a film of the same name and had its main stars like Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Andrei Arlovski appeared in a guest role in the 7th episode titled “Brian Finch’s Black Op“. His role was that of a terrorist marked as a suspect by the CIA who later hunt him down. The series was generally met with mixed reviews and despite its 57% Rotten Tomatoes rating, it was canceled by CBS after one season.
2. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
Andrei Arlovski played the role of Magnus (one of the cloned next generation universal soldiers) in the science fiction-horror action film that also features big names like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren who return from the previous installments to reprise their roles of Luc Deveraux and Sergeant Andrew Scott respectively. The movie is the fourth and last theatrical installment in the Universal Soldier series. The plot tells the story of a military man whom upon waking from a coma discovers that his wife and kid have been murdered and seeks revenge. Though a box office bomb, grossing just $1.4 million from an $8 million budget, it fared better with the critics than its predecessor with a 56% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Aside from its box office earnings, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning stands out as one of the best Andrei Arlovski movies any fan of action films would love.
3. Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)
Regeneration was made as the direct sequel to the first Universal Soldier film in 1992. It’s also the third theatrical installment in the series. Arlovski’s combative skills are put into extensive use for his role as an experimental Next-Generation UniSol named NGU who is programmed to go on a killing spree. Arlovski’s character is killed following a fight with Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Luc Deveraux.
Made on an $8 million budget, Universal Soldier: Regeneration grossed only $944,000. The low box office numbers could be attributed to the fact that the film was originally released as a direct-to-DVD in Europe and America with only limited theater release in some Asian countries. IMDb rated it a 5.2/10. Thus, it is not one of the best Andrei Arlovski movies going by this rating.
4. The Equalizer 2 (2018)
The film was greatly praised for its action sequences which Andrei Arlovski contributed to, albeit in a small way as he appeared only in the opening scene of the movie. The Equalizer 2 is based on a TV series of the same name is a sequel to the first film which was released in 2014. Atypical of action thrillers, The Equalizer 2 follows the story of a man on a mission to avenge the death of his friend.
This movie is the biggest blockbuster to feature Arlovski; it was made on a budget of between $62 million and $79 million and grossed over $190 million worldwide. The film was rated at the average by critics with its Rotten Tomatoes score being 51%.
5. 8 of Diamonds (2006)
The last movie in this list of Andrei Arlovski movies and TV shows ranked from best to worst is 8 of Diamonds which is also his first. It was a very low budget movie but featured big names like Eric Roberts Tim Kazurinsky and tells the story of what happens after a plan by a group of thieves to steal a 20-carat diamond goes wrong. IMDb rates it at a 4/10.