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McGregor countdown to UFC 189 – Who is Artem Lobov?

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The build up to UFC 189 has gone on for well over 7 months and although there has been a last minute change of opponent for Conor McGregor one man has been consistently in his presence – Mr Artem Lobov.

Artem Lobov is an MMA fighter with a professional record of 11 wins, 10 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest. He fights out of the SBG gym in Dublin Ireland, though he was born and raised in Russia. Nicknamed ‘The Prospect Killer’ (@ProspectKiller being his Twitter handle!), he has won two of his last three fights, the other a draw after the judges failed to decide on a majority winner when he took on Pawel Kielek back in November 2014. His two most recent wins came in contests against Rasul Shovhalov via a Round 2 Armbar submission, and against Andrew Fisher where Artem won by TKO in the last second of the very last round (August 2014).

But what has Artem got to do with Conor McGregor? Well if you had been watching the UFC Embedded series you will have seen that Artem Lobov has been playing a key part in Conor’s preparation for his upcoming fight at UFC 189.

Artem has travelled with Conor all over the world including the UFC 189 media tour earlier this year where he was by Conor’s side the entire time accompanying him to Rio through to Dublin. Of late Artem has continued to play his role in Conor’s preparation being a day 1 resident of the now famous ‘MacMansion’ and again accompanying McGregor through his most recent media obligations in New York and Los Angeles.

Will we ever see Artem represent himself in the UFC? Well the answer to that is very likely to be YES! Artem has recently been lobbying hard to get on the card at UFC Dublin upcoming in October. Most recently a potential opponent for a bout has been suggested as Jonas Bilharinho, who only a few days ago confirmed to MMALatest that he would be interested in a potential matchup with Artem.

So how we can make sure Artem gets the fight at UFC Dublin? Well look out for tweets on both our Twitter (@MMALatestNws) and Artem’s social media accounts (@ProspectKiller) and show your support.

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Dana White gives an update on the lightweight title picture

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When it comes to the lightweight division there is always a lot of talk with very little clarification. But now it seems Dana White has had enough of waiting for champion Conor McGregor and plans to move on in his absence.

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor won the UFC lightweight title back in November 2016 at UFC 205 where he became the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, however, he has not competed in MMA since.

Speaking on Sunday night’s after UFC Fight Night St. Louis UFC President Dana White said “Conor has said he is thinking about coming back in September if he comes back in September that’s almost two years, that can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything he’s done for this company, everybody knows that I say it all the time. The belt would have to move on.”

White also spoke about the two men that would fight for the lightweight belt saying “You do Khabib versus Tony, we’re working on that fight now and if and when Conor comes back he would get the first crack at the title.”

Then when presenter Karyn Bryant pushed for clarification and asked: “So you’re saying that Conor could possibly be stripped of his title?” Dana responded without hesitation “absolutely”.

The news will excite UFC fans across the globe who have been clamoring for the Ferguson vs Khabib matchup which they have been denied on three separate occasions. No date was confirmed for the potential matchup but rumors have been circulating that the UFC is targeting UFC 223 in April.

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Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win at UFC 219

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On Saturday night the world watched as Khabib Nurmagomedov dismantled the striking expert Edson Barboza at UFC 219. The reactions were filled with praise for the undefeated Russian fighter. Media members and fans alike were calling Nurmagomedov one of the best lightweights in the world, but there is one man the world was waiting to hear from, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor was silent following the fight between Nurmagomedov and Barboza, that is until Monday morning when he took to Twitter to state his opinion about the Number one contender.

“Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me,” McGregor wrote on Twitter.  “Otherwise, I don’t give a bollox.  My whiskey is out this year and that’s Diddy bread.” The whiskey that McGregor is referring to is his very own grand that he announced would be coming out following his loss to Floyd Mayweather this past August.

Rumors about McGregor’s return have ranged from him retiring from fighting to live a life of wealth with his family, to expect his return to the UFC this summer. No one really knows if McGregor will ever defend his UFC lightweight belt, but if he is to do so UFC President Dana White has said that it will be against interim champion Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson was also seeking a fight with Nurmagomedov prior to winning the interim belt against Kevin Lee. It is entirely possible that we will see these two battle for the interim title in the octagon before we see the return of Conor McGregor. Of course, these days there are no guarantees in regards to title contention, McGregor and his camp have publically stated that they would like to face Nurmagomedov in his home country of Russia. 

 

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Conor McGregor has ‘Every intention of fighting in 2018’

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Despite being inactive since his historic boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, Conor McGregor is never far from the headlines. Recently his out of cage antics have got people questioning if he’ll ever be back.

Thankfully the UFC lightweight champion appears to have cleared up any rumors about his fighting career.

Speaking to his sponsor Betsafe, the “Notorious” Conor McGregor said “My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing. At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me. We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game or whatever the next business endeavor might be”.

McGregor added, “I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavors accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”

This comes just two weeks after UFC President Dana White told reporters “Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got $100 (expletive) million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working.”

White went on to say “Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything with a lot of people.”

White also told reporters that the “Notorious one”, “can’t be paid enough money” and that he is “worth every penny and more.” McGregor’s recent statement suggests he knows that and won’t be back till his demands are met.

The UFC lightweight division has been stalled in the absence of the champion McGregor and now the interim champion Tony Ferguson has undergone surgery. The UFC has been known the remove belts from fighters who have been delayed for extended amounts of time, this would be highly unlikely with the popularity of McGregor.

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