"THE RUSSIAN HAMMER"
Artem Lobov (Russian: Артём Лобов; born August 11, 1986) is a Russian mixed martial artist, who most recently competed in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, he was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber, and has also competed for the ACB, as well as the British promotions Cage Warriors and Cage Contender. Fighting out of Dublin, he is a member of SBG Ireland.
Mixed martial arts career
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 Berkut
Lobov faced Chechen Rasul Shovhalov on January 31, 2015 at the ACB 13. He won the fight by submission in the second round.
The Ultimate Fighter
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 Rodgers, 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 Championship
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 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.
Shortly after his release, it was announced that Lobov made a three-fight contract with Bare Knuckle FC, with a clause to be able to compete in MMA also.
TRAINS AT: SBG IRELAND
OCTAGON DEBUT: DEC. 11, 2015
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