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Last week Conor McGregor broke news that he had contacted the Ultimate Fighting Championship and offered to fight Frankie Edgar on short notice as an injury replacement at UFC 222 after Edgar’s previous opponent, Max Holloway, pulled out with an injury.
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McGregor training partner and buddy Artem Lobov dishes on what’s next for his superstar pal.
UFC 223 is going to be a big day for the sport of MMA. Not just because there’ll be two titles going down on the April 7th card from Brooklyn, New York, but because it also marks the return of Artem “The Hammer” Lobov!
Lobov has become a bit of a cult sensation amongst followers of the sport due to his close friendship to Conor McGregor, and the featherweight fighter will be taking on Alex Caceres on the undercard of 223, which is headlined by a fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov for McGregor’s lightweight belt. So of course when people talked to Lobov about his fight, they also talked about McGregor and whether he’d be attending the event.
“It’s a little bit to soon to say now whether he’ll be there or not,” Lobov told the SevereMMA podcast (via BJPenn.com). “I of course always love seeing him at my fights. It means a lot to me when he is there and I know it means a lot to him to support me, and if he is able to be there, he will be there.”
Lobov also said McGregor was deep in negotiations with the UFC for a return fight and that the most likely opponent was the winner of Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov.
“Yeah, I think he will fight the winner of this fight,” Lobov said. “The winner of that fight will be the true, true challenger and he will fight Conor for the belt … Like I said, he’s the champion. So, you know, there will be a clear challenger decided April 7th and that’s who Conor is going to fight. That’s the way I see it.”
The UFC seems to already be setting up for a potential McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov showdown in Russia, with rumors swirling that the Olympic Stadium in Moscow has been reserved for a September date. That would also line up with the timeline UFC president Dana White said McGregor’s camp gave him for a return, the timeline that prompted him to set up April’s Tony vs. Khabib fight for McGregor’s soon-to-be stripped lightweight title.
Of course, who knows what’s ever going to shake out properly with the UFC. This is the fourth time Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov has been booked, and what if Ferguson wins? Will McGregor still be as interested in the fight or will he turn to Nate Diaz or Floyd Mayweather instead? There’s a lot of moving parts, but the biggest gear gets in motion at UFC 223 on April 7th.
He isn’t a bad fighter at all – in fact, he’s got the skills to beat up many fighters on the feet. Plus, he’s cocky and entertaining when he fights with his hands down, hurling taunts. But the most notable thing about Artem Lobov isn’t anything he brings into the cage, it’s the fact that […]
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I suppose if I was best buds with Conor McGregor, I’d totally milk that relationship for all it’s worth, and wear t-shirts that say things like, ‘Hi, I know Conor McGregor’ and maybe get his likeness tattooed across my chest. Now, McGregor teammate Artem Lobov hasn’t quite gone that far, but you have to know […]
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Artem Lobov ready to ‘box the ears’ off Paulie Malignaggi for whining about Conor McGregor knockdown
It’s too bad “The Money Fight” undercard is already complete (see it here), because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight slugger Artem Lobov was ready to get in on the action.
Against none other than Paulie Malignaggi.
That’s because the “Notorious” training partner wants to teach the former IBF junior welterweight champion a lesson in humility, after Malignaggi whined about the Conor McGregor knockdown that went viral on social media.
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“I think he’s an emotional mess and he doesn’t know how to control it,” Lobov told MMA Fighting. “He saw me calling him a diva and he saw Tiernan (Bradley) doing the interviews and he just couldn’t take it. If he wants to fight, I’m down to fight. I’ll box the ears off him, no problem.”
Lobov (13-13-1, 1 NC) was outboxed by Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 108 back in April.
Malignaggi was brought in to help McGregor train for his upcoming Floyd Mayweather fight, which takes place a week from Saturday night (Aug. 26, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Sometimes you have to sacrifice for the greater good. In the case of rising UFC featherweight contender Artem Lobov, that means skipping out on his own fighting opportunity in favor of helping teammate Conor McGregor prepare for his upcoming superfight with boxer Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
“I was offered a fight with Andre Fili,” Lobov told MMA Junkie. “He was calling me out on Twitter. I would’ve taken the fight, but it’s just too hard for me to commit to something on July 29. I’m needed in this camp. It would’ve been too much of a risk for me.”
I have a Billion dollar commitment at the moment….any time in september?
— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) June 14, 2017
You can help a teammate and still be in your own camp? I seen’t it lots of times. I’m doing it right now. July 29th- You in or you out? pic.twitter.com/oa0bxYLqOe
— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) June 14, 2017
Lobov, 30, recently lost a main event war opposite Cub Swanson this past April at UFC Fight Night 108. The Straight Blast Gym fighter is more than willing to step inside of the Octagon with Fili later this year, but he has some greater business to take care of first.
“Let’s be honest: I don’t give a (expletive) about Andre Fili,” Lobov said. “I could fight that guy any day of the week. Once this fight is out of the way, and Conor knocks out Mayweather and has the world at his feet, we can see what’s going to happen then.
“Conor got into the UFC. We all helped him to get there, and then he pulled everybody up there with him. I owe it to him to help him in any way I can.”
Some people might be surprised that McGregor is sticking with “Russian Hammer” as a main training partner for his preparation for “Money.” That’s not intended to be a knock on Lobov, it’s just that Mayweather is considered one of the most technical boxers of all time.
“If you look at it, they said the same things about getting specific training partners before the Jose Aldo fight,” Lobov said. “They said the same for the (Eddie) Alvarez fight, too. They even said the same for the Dustin Poirier fight and for all of the other fights. Look at how those fights ended.
“(Conor) had no issues with sparring partners then. I was his sparring partner then and it was just fine. Obviously, this is boxing and it’s a slightly different game. We understand that and there are sparring partners lined up. We will leave no stone unturned in this camp. Everything is going to be taken care of. The preparation is going to be 100 percent on point.”
If Lobov can help McGregor dethrone Mayweather on Aug. 26, his own stock will probably go up around the combat community. But that’s very unlikely to happen.
Moral victory? Artem Lobov doesn’t know the meaning of it.
Sure, Lobov proved himself as a tough-as-nails, UFC-caliber fighter in a unanimous decision loss to Cub Swanson last month at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville. Yes, Lobov likely took a round off Swanson and landed more than 100 punches against the highly ranked featherweight.
But at the end of the fight, it was Swanson — not Lobov — with his hand raised. And that is truly all that matters to Lobov, he told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
“I lost, so I don’t really see it probably that way,” Lobov said when asked about the positives in defeat. “To me, I was going into the fight to try and win, obviously. That’s why I called for the fight. And I generally thought that I could win. Obviously I didn’t, so I’m still trying to get over that.”
Lobov (13-13-1, 1 NC) had to shake the perception that he was only in the UFC due to his friendship with Conor McGregor before the bout. Many questioned why Swanson was fighting someone with a poor record. Others couldn’t understand why Lobov was in a main-event spot ahead of seemingly more deserving talent.
All those things, most of them valid arguments, could have worn at “The Russian Hammer.” But he didn’t seem to care at all about what others said and then went on to put forth his best performance in the Octagon.
It still wasn’t a victory, though, so it wasn’t enough for him. The idea of a moral victory is lost on Lobov.
“No,” Lobov said. “Never. I would never look at any fight like that. To me, if I’m going in, I’m going in to win. If you don’t win, well that’s it. Obviously, I’m not gonna dwell on it. I’m not gonna cry about it. I’m a learner and I’m a go-getter. I have to look over the mistakes, I have the fix them and I’m gonna keep moving forward. And hopefully one day I’ll meet Cub again.”
Lobov, 30, will now head back to the drawing board, which in his case is SBG Ireland and coach John Kavanagh. When Lobov would like to fight is very much up in the air. If McGregor ends up having a boxing match booked against Floyd Mayweather Jr., as discussed, Lobov said he’ll take time away from his own career to concentrate fully on helping McGregor, a close friend.
If the McGregor-Mayweather talks are stalled, Lobov knows who he’d like next: Doo Ho Choi. “The Korean Superboy” fell to Swanson by unanimous decision at UFC 206 in what was a candidate for 2016’s Fight of the Year. All-action fights are what Lobov want and he’d be down to dance with Choi.
“I mean, why not?” Lobov said. “He was one of the guys that I called out originally. It was either him or Cub. Now we both lost to Cub, the two of us both went the distance, the two of us both got the Fight of the Night, so why not? It makes sense, no?”
While that would likely be an entertaining fight for the fans, it’s unclear what the UFC will do with Lobov, who admits he’s not in a position to make demands. The Russia native was on a two-fight winning streak heading into the Swanson fight, but has now lost three of five overall in the UFC. The one thing Lobov wants fans to do is not pay so much attention to those numbers and judge for themselves when they watch him fight.
“Your record is where you’ve been, but it’s not necessarily where you are or where you’re going,” Lobov said. “That just shows that I’ve had a tough road. I’ve taken fights when others wouldn’t.”
And while Lobov doesn’t like the idea that he lost to Swanson and he’s not celebrating it, he does admit that it should give the pundits pause when they talk about how he shouldn’t be in the UFC.
“I guess that shows where my skill level is at,” Lobov said. “And I guess if you’re a true MMA fan, you should assess somebody by their skill, rather than where they’ve been or how they got that skill.”