After losing to Miocic, Arlovski suffered another blockage defeat against Alistair Overeem in May. He is presently ranked 7 in the UFC's main rankings.
Number-nine ranked Josh Barnett was among the very first UFC champs ever and has actually won the heavyweight belt from Randy Couture in 2002. His real claim to fame started after he left the UFC and contended in the now-defunct Japanese Pride company, where he had memorable fights with the likes of Mirko Cro Cop or Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. Barnett returned to the UFC in 2013 and has two out of 4 fights since.
In his last fight in January, the "Warmaster" had to tap out due to a gogo choke submission, courtesy of Ben Rothwell.
Barnett and Arlovski were earlier booked to contend at Affliction about 8 years earlier, but the bout didn't push through and the promotion ceased operations.
UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett occurs in Hamburg, Germany's Barclaycard Arena on September 3.
Likewise, on the card is a light-heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ilir Latifi.