Following Artem Lobov’s decision loss to Andre Fili last month, he said he’s interested in moving to pro-boxing, and now the Russian featherweight’s saying he’s undeserving of a UFC contract…
The loss to Fili was Lobov’s second defeat in a row, and it moved his overall all UFC record (not including The Ultimate Fighter) to 2-4. After his bout with Fili, who turned to his wrestling game at several junctures to take Lobov down, the “Russian Hammer” talked about how he’d like to give boxing a go. Lobov even sounded like he was hoping the UFC would release him.
Well, more recently, Lobov attended the Irish premiere for the Conor McGregor: Notorious documentary, and the veteran fighter reportedly said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Now that I have lost to Fili — and this is no disrespect to him — but now with two losses in a row, and the last loss was not exactly to the best guy out there, I feel like other people in my situation would be cut,” Lobov said.
“If someone didn’t deserve to be in the UFC, in the past I was always the first guy to tell them, so now I feel like I don’t really deserve a UFC contract.
“It’s only fair that I get cut as well.”
Now, based off these comments, it would be kind of surprising if the UFC kept Lobov on the roster no? After all, he’s expressed his desire to move into pro-boxing, it sounded like he was hoping for his release, and now Lobov’s outright saying he should be cut from the promotion.
Even before Lobov’s recent defeats, there were critics who questioned whether he should be on the UFC roster, due to his record, which was floating around .500. The argument being that his relationship with McGregor, as one of the star’s teammates, was why he remained with the UFC. But, Lobov’s supporters countered by noting his big run on TUF, and the fact he’s an aggressive, pressuring fighter.
At this juncture, however, and considering everything outlined above, it’s likely Lobov will be fighting for another promotion next. In the aforementioned story, Lobov also relayed that he’d be interested in taking more kickboxing bouts, so that could be a nice option for him as well.