Tyron Woodley has been very vocal as of late about the fact that he feels unfairly treated and badly promoted by the UFC, even going so far as to suggest that the colour of his skin has something to do with it.
Artem Lobov, it would appear, is sick of hearing the welterweight champion’s complaints.
On Saturday night, Lobov’s SBG Ireland teammate Gunnar Nelson scored his third win in four fights with a masterful display against Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107 in London. The Icelandic welterweight finished Jouban in the second round, first discombobulating him with a heavy right hand before hauling the American to the floor and choking him into submission. It was technically superb stuff and very exciting to boot.
On Sunday afternoon, Lobov took to Twitter with a message for Woodley – be more like ‘Gunni’.
“Hey @TWoodley this is how you promote yourself, not by crying and moaning like a little bitch,” wrote Lobov, adding a link to the concluding seconds of Nelson’s victory over Jouban.
— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) March 19, 2017
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 18, 2017
To be fair to Woodley, however, while his last fight was a frustratingly dull five-rounder, he has scored some scintillating finishes in recent years. His stoppage victories over Josh Koscheck, Dong Hyun Kim and, of course, then welterweight champ Robbie Lawler spring to mind.
On a recent edition of The MMA Hour, Woodley said that people are quick to forget these displays in the aftermath of one boring showing.
“Nobody has that long-term memory. Everybody is like Dory from ‘Finding Nemo,'” said ‘T-Wood’.
While Woodley awaits his next assignment, Lobov is in training for the most significant fight of his UFC career thus far. ‘The Russian Hammer’ is scheduled to face Cub Swanson, who currently sits fourth in the UFC featherweight rankings, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on April 22nd.