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Artem Lobov’s Next Opponent And Fight Date Announced

Northern Ireland , Ireland - 19 November 2016; Artem Lobov ahead of his Featherweight bout against Teruto Ishihara at UFC Fight Night 99 in the SSE Arena, Belfast. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Artem Lobov will fight again on October 21st in Gdansk, Poland at the Ergo Arena at UFC Fight Night 118. 

Lobov will be up against Andre Fili in a featherweight bout, it has been announced.

Fili fights out of the Urijah Faber owned Team Alpha Male gym in Sacramento, home also to UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.

With a record of 16-5, Fili is coming off the back of a loss to UFC debutant Calvin Kattar in his most recent outing. Much like Lobov, the ‘TAM’ fighter will be seeking to gain more consistency in his career. He has not strung two consecutive wins together in the UFC since his debut with the promotion in October 2013.

Fili has faced off against the current champion of the featherweight division Max Holloway back at UFC 172, coming up short in that bout via third round guillotine choke.

‘The Russian Hammer’ has not fought since his unanimous decision loss to Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 108. He is currently in fight camp with Conor McGregor, helping the UFC lightweight champion prepare for his much anticipated upcoming boxing match against Floyd Mayweather on August 26th.

Artem now finds himself in a position where he must rebuild. If he had overcome Swanson in his last bout the landscape would have been much different for the SBG fighter with a potential 145 lbs title shot on the horizon.

Lobov will now attempt to get back to wining ways when he squares off against Fili and an entertaining matchup is sure to ensue, as is the case whenever we see Artem in the cage.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.