After shaky start to UFC career, Artem Lobov says he asked to be released.

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  1. KazDibiase

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    Speaking ahead of the high-stakes bout, Lobov claimed that he prompted the promotion’s top brass to cut him after his loss to Alex White in February 2016, but was grateful when UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby came back to him with an offer to fight Nate Diaz’s teammate Chris Avila on the undercard of UFC 202.

    “I messaged the UFC and told them to release me,” Lobov recalled his mindset after two consecutive UFC defeats.

    “I explained that I understood that I had two losses and if they were going to cut me it would be fair. I told them I had found a champion outside of the UFC to fight, who I felt was the best unsigned talent outside of the promotion.

    “I was confident that the other promotion wanted to put the fight on, but then the UFC came back to me with another matchup. I took it because UFC is where I want to be.”


    The Dublin-based knockout artist admitted that he went through some hard times after his first two unsuccessful outings against White and Ryan Hall, but he never gave up on himself and refused to complain about the situation that he was in.


    “Having those losses was not easy, but I’m not a moaner and I’m not a complainer. I’m a go-getter and an earner,” he said.

    “I was never going to stay down, crying. I dusted myself off and I was ready to either leave the UFC or get another matchup. I wasn’t begging anyone for another fight, I wasn’t crying about the bad situation.

    “Instead of that, I just thought about what I needed to do to fix the situation and get me to where I needed to be. I did just that and now I am where I want to be.”


    Recently dethroned Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett has looked to align himself with Lobov for a number of years, but ‘The Russian Hammer’ maintained that the Liverpudlian was never on his radar during that time.

    “Hell no!” Lobov responded when asked about Pimblett.

    “Make no mistake about it, if I had been cut by the UFC I would’ve tried to fight him as well, but this was a different matchup. The guy I was looking at was the champion in Fight Nights Global at the time, Rasul Mirzaev. He was 16-0.



    Lobov prompting the UFC to cut him could have gone one of two ways, and luckily for the Saggart native, everything has worked out in his favour as he approaches the most important fight of his life.

    The division could completely open up for Lobov should he claim victory, which will allow him to leapfrog other contenders in the rankings due to Swanson’s standing.

    “I’m so happy the way everything turned out. The only reason why I wanted to fight that other guy was because I thought it would be the best way to get me back to the UFC.

    “In the end, I got to stay with the best promotion in the world so how can you not be happy with that?”


    http://www.newstalk.com/Artem-Lobov-asked-for-UFC-release-last-year-after-two-successive-losses
     
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  2. 20falarVerdades

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    He lost to Ryan Hall, the future GOAT, no shame in that
     
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    He'll be cut after cub arranges his face
     
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    I just noticed they called artem a knockout artist wtf lmao
     
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    stopped reading at The Dublin based knockout artist
     
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    Conor made some phonecalls and Artem was back in.
     
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    The UFC recognised his greatness.
     
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    This was 15 months ago. What's the relevance ? Why say this stuff ? Makes him look whiny. Some really fucked up thinking here...Thought it best to leave the UFC to get to the UFC ?

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    Russia is in saggart now?
     
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    I bet he was trying to fight Paddy Pimblett
     
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    No. He won't be cut until Conor retires.
     
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    He won't get cut but Cub will put him back on the prelims where he belongs
     
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    He will be releasing in his shorts after Cub has his way with him.
     
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    one call is all he needs to make, GOAT
     
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    We all know he'd be nowhere near the UFC if it wasn't for his boyfriend.
     
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    Why do people refer to Artem as a "Knockout Artist"?

    He has 25 Total Fights, and only won 4 of them by KO.
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    Cub gonna make him want out again
     
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    they watched TUF but not his other fights
     
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