Artem Lobov is targeting a shot at UFC featherweight Do Ho Choi following his bout with Cub Swanson.
Both men are coming off losses to Swanson, and Lobov feels this is the fight which makes most sense.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour Lobov explained how he was not in any way viewing his decision loss to the number 4 ranked Swanson as a moral victory.
“I lost, so I don’t really see it probably that way, to me, I was going into the fight to try and win, obviously. That’s why I called for the fight. And I generally thought that I could win. Obviously I didn’t, so I’m still trying to get over that.”
Lobov, who is perhaps more recognised as Conor Mcgregor’s training partner, came in for heavy criticism prior to his bout with Swanson. Many felt that ‘The Russian Hammer’ had not earned his chance in the UFC, following the bout many a mind was changed.
This discussion did not bother the SBG fighter, he claims he entered the bout with one intention, victory. His failure to achieve this is still the only thing concerning him following the loss.
“No, Never. I would never look at any fight like that. To me, if I’m going in, I’m going in to win. If you don’t win, well that’s it. Obviously, I’m not gonna dwell on it. I’m not gonna cry about it. I’m a learner and I’m a go-getter. I have to look over the mistakes, I have the fix them and I’m gonna keep moving forward. And hopefully one day I’ll meet Cub again.”
Lobov who reached the final of The Ultimate Fighter in 2015, now feels the obvious match for him is The Korean Superboy. Both men were awarded ‘Fight Of The Night’ bonuses for their fights with Swanson.
“I mean, why not? He was one of the guys that I called out originally. It was either him or Cub. Now we both lost to Cub, the two of us both went the distance, the two of us both got the Fight of the Night, so why not? It makes sense, no?”
This would be yet another severe challenge for Lobov, who’s record currently stands at 13-13-1, 1 NC. Artem Lobov is a man who has never shied away from a challenge, however, and he shows no plans of stopping.