Soon after a temporary stint as a bare-knuckle fighter, Artem Lobov has been booked for a return to mixed martial arts competition.
Lobov, 34, expended his previous three fights in the BKFC ring, picking up a pair of near determination wins about Jason Knight and Paulie Malignaggi before succumbing to strikes in a rematch with Knight in his third and ultimate BKFC bout.
Now, the Russian star will return to blended martial arts for a struggle with Ylies Djiroun at ARENA Struggle 2. The bout goes down on December 12 in Marsiglia, France, where by MMA was not too long ago legalized.
Lobov, who has a 14-15-1 general report, competed in the UFC from 2015 to 2018. In that time, he amassed a 2-5 general record, defeating Teruto Ishihara and Chris Avila, and coming up small to top rated talents in Ryan Hall, Alex White, Cub Swanson, Andre Fili, and lastly, Michael Johnson.
Even though Lobov is effectively recognized for his time in the UFC Octagon and the BKFC ring, his largest declare to fame stems from his relationship with previous two-division UFC winner and MMA mega star Conor McGregor. The pair have been teaching companions at SBG Eire in Dublin due to the fact very long before both man created it to the UFC, and keep on being shut these days.
Information of Lobov’s battle with Djiroun follows a period of negotiation with various reputable promotions, equally in MMA and bare-knuckle fighting.
“To be sincere I was talking to a couple of promotions and I was speaking about one more bare-knuckle fight. I experienced some boxing features, and I was chatting to KSW the marketing in Poland,” Lobov explained to BJPENN.com in March. “It was acquiring near and we had been about to finalize the fights then the virus strike and almost everything is on maintain. Now, I just have to wait and see what occurs. But, I was close to receiving a struggle accomplished with KSW, so I want to combat ASAP.”
In Djiroun, Lobov will just take on a fighter with a 17-6 over-all report. The Frenchman is using a final decision win more than Maxim Pugachev.
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