SBG Ireland powerhouse Artem Lobov has been praised heavily by top MMA analyst, Robin Black ahead of his upcoming featherweight showdown with Cub Swanson.
The word ‘mismatch’ is one that is thrown around a lot in sports but to be honest, you’d be forgiven for using the phrase when describing UFC Fight Night 108’s featherweight clash between the #4-ranked Cub Swanson, and the unranked Artem Lobov, who boasts a promotional record of 2-2.
Lobov, who was the only member of The Ultimate Fighter’s 22nd season to record a TKO victory (Artem managed three of them) has never had his power come under question. The aptly-named ‘Russian Hammer’ has bound himself to both his homeland of Russia and the place where he grew up, Dublin, Ireland.
Despite his somewhat inconsistent record of (13-12-1, 1 NC), Lobov has never made a secret of the fact that he chases the difficult fights and will take on literally anyone at anytime in any place. Recently, he called out the highly dangerous and respected veteran Cub Swanson via Twitter, and now, it appears as though Artem will get his wish.
If the UFC can't find me an opponent that makes more sense then I'd love too 🙂 Just go sit by your phone and wait @RusHammerMMA
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 2, 2017
And wait he did, and surprisingly, the UFC wasted no time in getting the fight signed. Now, with many calling this fight between a top-contender and an unranked journeyman a farce, Robin Black of Fight Network has taken a unique stance on the Russian Hammer, calling him a very dangerous fighter and one that we all would be foolish to underestimate.
“I know Cub Swanson, and I know he’s not going to underestimate Lobov. The audience is. The audience is doing it right now. This guy’s a very, very good fighter and I’m really excited. Look at that fight with [Teruto] Ishihara. Take out whatever false narrative you have about Artem Lobov in your head, something you heard somebody else say about how much he sucks or why you don’t like him because Conor McGregor – his friend – made sure he got back on the TV show [the Ultimate Fighter]. Just look at that fight with Ishihara.”
“That is a real dangerous fighter right there. That’s a guy who has the power to hurt you and also has an understanding of how the distance between you both is shared and manipulated. That’s a dangerous guy right there. When a guy can get to your chin like that and understands where you are in relation to him, that’s a dangerous guy and Cub Swanson will take him very, very, very, very seriously and because of that, this fight is going to be killer.”
Robin Black, who is a well respected MMA analyst, is famous for his very insightful and detailed breakdowns and for many, is someone who holds a strong understanding of the game with him having competed in MMA for a time in his younger days. Black had actually been championing the UFC’s featherweight prospect and Cub Swanson’s last opponent, Doo-ho Choi for years before he signed with the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion and despite what many would perhaps think about Artem Lobov, his ability to finish fights is unquestionable at this stage.
This isn’t actually the first time that Robin Black has heaped praise upon the Russian Hammer. Shown below is a video, released just after Lobov’s impressive last fight with Teruto Ishihara at UFC Belfast, where Black claims that he sees top-10 featherweight status in the SBG Ireland product’s future.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena