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Watch: Khabib Nurmagomedov & Artem Lobov Clash In Heated Backstage Confrontation

Artem Lobov ran into Khabib Nurmagomedov backstage just days out from UFC 223 this weekend and the resulting encounter was heated, to say the least.

Just under 48 hours ago the news broke that the UFC’s interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson would be forced to withdraw from his main-event contest with Khabib Nurmagomedov, citing injury.

With his replacement the featherweight champ Max Holloway now signed to go up against the Russian, the event’s hype is slowly beginning to pick up momentum once again. The history that stands with Holloway’s grasp could well establish him into a class of his own in the modern day UFC but with such a mountain to climb ahead of him, it may be a case of too much, too soon.

Nurmagomedov found himself in the headlines once again on Tuesday evening when he was involved in the heated backstage confrontation with SBG Ireland’s Artem Lobov and though it isn’t clear what sparked things off, the tension shown in the video below is unquestionable. (via MMAnytt)

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