Artem Lobov is making his return to combined martial arts. The fighter out of SBG Eire has signed a one-fight deal and can more than likely have the struggle on the finish of the 12 months.
Lobov is most famously identified for being a coaching accomplice of Conor McGregor and his good friend as effectively. “The Russian Hammer” hasn’t competed in MMA for the final two years. His final struggle got here below the UFC banner towards Michael Johnson in October 2018. The information of the signing was first reported by The Mac Life.
With a few years out of the sport, Lobov is able to make a return. He has signed with the Area Combat Championship. His first opponent will probably be Ylies Djiroun and the struggle will, reportedly, happen in France this December. MMA in France has simply been legalized earlier this 12 months. Consequently, we’re seeing quite a few promotions heading to the European nation.
For the unacquainted, identical to followers hilariously hail the likes of Alex Caruso and Brian Scalabrine because the GOAT in NBA, Lobov is their counterpart in MMA. Regardless of being a median fighter at finest, he’s usually given magnanimous titles by the followers.
Lobov first got here within the highlight when he competed in The Final Fighter for Staff McGregor towards Staff Faber. He would go on to lose within the finals of the present.
Artem Lobov was additionally a key determine in constructing the rivalry between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. It was after Khabib had a bodily confrontation with Lobov that McGregor determined to face up for his good friend and ended up throwing a dolly on a bus containing UFC fighters.
Artem Lobov most not too long ago competed on the Naked Knuckle Preventing Championship
Though Lobov had stayed away from MMA, he didn’t cease competing. After being launched from the UFC, he signed a three-fight cope with the BKFC.
He fought Jason Knight in his bare-knuckle boxing debut, successful the struggle by way of unanimous choice. His subsequent struggle was a grudge match towards retired boxing world champ Pauli Malignaggi. The latter had a backwards and forwards with Conor McGregor. Furthermore, he additionally had a bodily altercation in the course of the BKFC media of Lobov’s struggle towards Knight.
Lobov survived the sooner onslaught from Malignaggi and saved coming ahead within the later rounds. Thus, he ended up notching one other unanimous nod from the judges. His final struggle was a rematch towards Knight, which he received by a fifth and closing spherical knockout.