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Artem Lobov Offers To Fight As Replacement At UFC 231

That’s the spirit.

Many have questioned how Artem Lobov can still be a part of the UFC roster despite his 2-5 record in the promotion.

With his only non-exhibition UFC wins coming against Teruto Ishihara and Chris Avila, Lobov’s latest defeat to Michael Johnson would have spelled the end of many a fighter’s UFC tenure.

But while his close proximity to the influential Conor McGregor is certainly a factor in remaining a UFC fighter, his fan-friendly style is something that has always enthused matchmakers and even UFC president Dana White.

Also in his favour is a willingness to fight anyone at anytime, the latest example of which was seen on Twitter today.

UFC 231 takes place in just over a week’s time, and dangerous featherweight Renato Moicano has had to contend with his opponent, Mirsad Bektic, withdrawing due to injury. His response was to make himself available as an alternate for the main event, which sees 145lb. champion Max Holloway defend his belt against Brian Ortega.

But if that doesn’t pan out for Moicano, another opportunity presents itself in the form of the Russian Hammer.

Lobov’s ambition has to be admired.

Having lost just last month, the SBG product is now willing to fight, on short notice, a man who has seen off the likes of Jeremy Stephens and Cub Swanson in recent outings.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.