On the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter 22, Conor McGregor’s wildcard selection, friend and training partner, Artem Lobov, scored a sensational stoppage victory over James Jenkins.
Following the airing of his impressive showing, “The Russian Hammer” spoke to Paul Dollery of the42 about his big win and his exciting style. He also told the writer that despite the perceived high-risk nature of his hands-down approach he wasn’t likely to change anytime soon.
“Having your hands up doesn’t stop you from getting knocked out and there are a lot of advantages to having your hands down”.
“My shots come from very awkward angles and people don’t see them, and it’s also good to stop the takedown. My hands are already down so it’s easier to get the underhooks. There are a lot of benefits to this style”.
Of course with his famous teammate’s massive featherweight title unification showdown with Jose Aldo at UFC 194 just around the corner, talk eventually moved to Conor’s ongoing preparations and Lobov’s expectations for the outcome.
Unsurprisingly, Lobov predicted a bleak December defeat for the long-reigning featherweight king, suggesting that by pulling out of UFC 189 Aldo missed an opportunity to take on a sub-100% McGregor. Then again, in Artem’s mind that would have only altered the duration of the bout rather than the eventual result.
“Conor is looking amazing at the moment. He entered the last fight [against Chad Mendes] on one leg so that was Aldo’s chance to at least maybe try and get into the second round, but he missed it. Now he goes out in one [round]”.