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Artem Lobov (Russian: Артём Лобов; born August 11, 1986) is a Russian professional mixed martial artist and boxer based in Ireland, who previously competed in the Featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and who has most recently competed in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. A professional since 2010, Lobov was also a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber, he has competed for the ACB, Ultimate Fighting Championship as well as the British promotions Cage Warriors and Cage Contender. Fighting out of Dublin, he is a member of SBG Ireland.
|Born||August 11, 1986|
Gorky, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
(now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)
|Other names||The Russian Hammer|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||146 lb (66 kg; 10 st 6 lb)|
|Division||Featherweight (145 lbs) |
Lightweight (155 lbs)
|Reach||65 in (165 cm)|
|Trainer||John Kavanagh: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
David Jones: Striking
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Lobov made his professional MMA debut with European promotion Cage Warriors in November 2010. He lost his pro debut to Patrick Vickers via unanimous decision. Prior to his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter, he held a professional record of 11–10–1 with one no contest. A natural featherweight competitor, he also competed at lightweight and welterweight.
Absolute Championship BerkutEdit
The Ultimate FighterEdit
To get into The Ultimate Fighter house, fighters must compete in preliminary fights to advance to the finals. Lobov lost his preliminary bout to Mehdi Baghdad, however coach and teammate Conor McGregor brought him back into the fight as each coach was allowed bring back one additional fighter who lost in the prelims.
In the round bouts he defeated Team USA's James Jenkins by TKO and repeated the outcome in the quarter-finals against Chris Gruetzemacher. In the semis he knocked out Julian Erosa of Team USA to advance to the finals where he would compete against Team Europe's Saul Rogers, a fellow SBG competitor who trains out of their Manchester branch. Due to visa issues Saul Rogers was removed from the finale and was replaced by Ryan Hall of Team USA.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
After the defeat to White, Lobov was reportedly in negotiations with a regional promotion in Russia. He was given a lifeline when it was announced that Lobov would face UFC newcomer Chris Avila at UFC 202. Lobov won the fight via unanimous decision.
Lobov faced Cub Swanson on April 22, 2017 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 108. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performances.
Lobov was scheduled to face Zubaira Tukhugov on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138. However, it was reported that Tukhugov was removed from the fight due his role in the UFC 229 post-fight melee, and he was replaced by Michael Johnson. At weight-ins, Johnson weighed in at 147 pounds, one pound over the featherweight limit of 146 pounds. As a result, the fight proceeded at a catchweight bout and Johnson forfeited 20% of his purse to Lobov, which Lobov later returned. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
On January 29, 2019, it was reported that Lobov was released from UFC.
On September 12, 2020, it was announced that Lobov had signed a one-fight contract with Arena Fight Championship. He was expected to make his promotional debut against Ylies Djiroun on December 12, 2020, but the whole event was postponed due to multiple COVID-19 cases.
Bare knuckle boxingEdit
Shortly after his UFC release, it was announced that Lobov signed a three-fight contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), with a clause to be able to compete in MMA also. He faced Jason Knight in the main event of Bare Knuckle FC 5 on April 6, 2019. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Lobov's next fight was against Paulie Malignaggi, with whom he had a physical altercation during the BKFC media day before his bout with Knight. Malignaggi has history with Lobov's training partner, Conor McGregor, and the bout between Lobov and Malignaggi was billed to be a "grudge match" and took place at BKFC 6 on June 22, 2019. Lobov won the fight via unanimous decision. After a consensus strong opening two rounds for Malignaggi, Lobov utilized forward pressure and volume to win in rounds three through five, earning a 48–47 on all three judges scorecards.
Championships & accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||13 wins||15 losses|
|Loss||13–15–1 (1)||Michael Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith||October 27, 2018||3||5:00||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada||Catchweight (147 lbs) bout; Johnson missed weight.|
|Loss||13–14–1 (1)||Andre Fili||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till||October 21, 2017||3||5:00||Gdańsk, Poland|
|Loss||13–13–1 (1)||Cub Swanson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov||April 22, 2017||5||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–12–1 (1)||Teruto Ishihara||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2||November 19, 2016||3||5:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||12–12–1 (1)||Chris Avila||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 202||August 20, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–12–1 (1)||Alex White||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson||February 6, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Featherweight.|
|Loss||11–11–1 (1)||Ryan Hall||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale||December 11, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter 22 lightweight tournament final.|
|Win||11–10–1 (1)||Rasul Shovhalov||Submission (armbar)||ACB 13: Poland vs. Russia||January 31, 2015||2||1:32||Płock, Poland|
|Draw||10–10–1 (1)||Pawel Kielek||Draw (majority)||Fighters Arena 10||November 22, 2014||3||5:00||Łódź, Poland|
|Win||10–10 (1)||Andrew Fisher||TKO (punches)||Cage Warriors 70||August 16, 2014||3||4:59||Dublin, Ireland||Featherweight bout.|
|Loss||9–10 (1)||Michael Doyle||Decision (unanimous)||Clan Wars 19||June 7, 2014||3||5:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland||For the Clan Wars Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||9–9 (1)||Andre Winner||Decision (unanimous)||All or Nothing 6||May 3, 2014||3||5:00||Leeds, England||All or Nothing Lightweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||9–8 (1)||Ali Maclean||Decision (split)||All or Nothing 6||May 3, 2014||3||5:00||Leeds, England||Return to Lightweight.|
|Loss||8–8 (1)||Alex Enlund||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Warriors 65||March 1, 2014||1||2:24||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||8–7 (1)||Martin Svensson||TKO (punches)||Trophy MMA 3: New Year's Bash 2||December 28, 2013||2||3:51||Malmö, Sweden|
|Loss||7–7 (1)||Christian Holley||Decision (unanimous)||OMMAC 19: Vendetta||November 30, 2013||3||5:00||Liverpool, England|
|Win||7–6 (1)||Kamil Gniadek||Decision (unanimous)||Immortals Fight Promotions 1||August 31, 2013||3||5:00||Aberdeen, Scotland||Lightweight bout.|
|Win||6–6 (1)||Andy Green||TKO (elbows)||Immortal Fighting Championship 8||June 8, 2013||1||N/A||Letterkenny, Ireland|
|Win||5–6 (1)||Alex Leite||Decision (split)||Cage Contender 17: Rooney vs. Philpott||May 25, 2013||3||5:00||Newry, Northern Ireland|
|NC||4–6 (1)||Artur Sowinski||NC (overturned)||Celtic Gladiator 5||September 22, 2012||3||5:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|Loss||4–6||Jay Furness||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors Fight Night 7||September 1, 2012||3||5:00||Amman, Jordan||Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.|
|Win||4–5||Shay Walsh||TKO (punches)||OMMAC 14: Bring the Pain||July 28, 2012||3||0:22||Liverpool, England|
|Loss||3–5||Araik Margarian||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase Fighting Championship 4||April 14, 2012||3||5:00||Marseilles, France|
|Win||3–4||Kamil Korycki||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors: 46||May 28, 2012||3||5:00||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Loss||2–4||Saul Rogers||Decision (split)||Budo 3: Rogers vs. Lobov||November 5, 2011||3||5:00||Bolton, England|
|Loss||2–3||Mike Wilkinson||TKO (punches)||Raw 1: Enter Colosseum||September 11, 2011||2||3:52||Liverpool, England|
|Loss||2–2||Steve O'Keefe||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Warriors 43||July 9, 2011||3||1:24||London, England|
|Win||2–1||Uche Ihiekwe||Submission (triangle choke)||OMMAC 10: Step in the Arena||June 4, 2011||3||1:07||Liverpool, England|
|Win||1–1||Dave Hill||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors 41||April 24, 2011||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||0–1||Patrick Vickers||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors 39: The Uprising||November 27, 2010||3||5:00||Cork, Ireland|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||3 wins||1 loss|
|Win||3–1||Julian Erosa||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Faber||December 9, 2015||1||1:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 22 Semifinal.|
|Win||2–1||Chris Gruetzemacher||KO (punches)||November 25, 2015||2||3:15||TUF 22 Quarterfinal.|
|Win||1–1||James Jenkins||TKO (punches)||November 11, 2015||1||4:07||TUF 22 Elimination Round.|
|Loss||0–1||Mehdi Baghdad||Decision (majority)||September 9, 2015||2||5:00||TUF 22 preliminary round. Later returned as an alternate.|
Bare knuckle recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||2–1||Jason Knight||TKO (corner stoppage)||Bare Knuckle FC 9||November 16, 2019||5||0:27||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||2–0||Paulie Malignaggi||Decision (unanimous)||Bare Knuckle FC 6||June 22, 2019||5||2:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jason Knight||Decision (unanimous)||Bare Knuckle FC 5||April 6, 2019||5||2:00||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
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