Paulie Malignaggi Says There Were Talks Of Rematch With Artem Lobov

Former boxing world champ Paulie Malignaggi has confirmed he was in talks for a rematch with Artem Lobov. Back in June 2019, Lobov and Malignaggi competed under the BKFC banner. The bout was contested under bare-knuckle boxing rules. Lobov earned the u…

Former boxing world champ Paulie Malignaggi has confirmed he was in talks for a rematch with Artem Lobov. Back in June 2019, Lobov and Malignaggi competed under the BKFC banner. The bout was contested under bare-knuckle boxing rules. Lobov earned the unanimous decision victory. While Malignaggi didn’t agree with the decision, he ended up embracing […]

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Artem Lobov Almost Signed For Bellator, Offered To Fight ‘MVP’ For $1 Million

LobovFormer UFC featherweight Artem Lobov almost signed for Bellator last year and that remains a possibility even today. Lobov departed the UFC and went on to sign a lucrative deal with Bare Knuckle FC in 2019. After going 2-1 over three fights — including wins over Jason Knight and Paulie Malignaggi — “The Russian Hammer” […]

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Former UFC featherweight Artem Lobov almost signed for Bellator last year and that remains a possibility even today.

Lobov departed the UFC and went on to sign a lucrative deal with Bare Knuckle FC in 2019. After going 2-1 over three fights — including wins over Jason Knight and Paulie Malignaggi — “The Russian Hammer” is now a free agent again and is weighing up his options.

Polish MMA promotion KSW seems to be at the top of his list for the moment. But Lobov is not ruling Bellator out either as he detailed how close he was to signing with Scott Coker’s company last year:

“To be honest, [Bellator] made me an offer just after I left the UFC,” Lobov told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “It was a very good offer and I was very grateful for the offer. I was ready to sign for them, but at the time Bare Knuckle FC were throwing money at me and I just couldn’t turn that down. I tried to ask Bellator to up the cash just a little bit, just so it would make a little more sense for me to sign with them, but they didn’t. It was a no-brainer for me. I just couldn’t turn down the money Bare Knuckle FC were throwing at me, so I ended up signing with them.

“I’m still not ruling Bellator out of the equation completely. They come to Ireland twice a year and it’s always a big show. It’s big promotion, I could certainly see myself in the Bellator cage as well, but KSW seem to be very close to signing me at the moment.”

In fact, Lobov also made an offer to step in and face Michael “Venom” Page in November when the latter’s original Bellator London opponent Derek Anderson had to pull out.

He even offered a discounted deal of $1 million:

“When this happened I messaged John Kavanagh because he has a very close relationship with Bellator,” Lobov added. “I messaged him straightaway and said, ‘Tell them it’s one million and I’ll step in for one million.’ The fight was probably worth more than that, but I like Bellator so I thought I’d give them a little discount.”

Although Lobov competes at featherweight and Page competes at welterweight, he feels he would have matched up well with the Briton:

“I would love to fight MVP,” Lobov said. “I know we’re in different weight classes, but I feel it’s a very winnable fight for me. I know his style and I have keys to beating him.

“To be honest, when he fought Paul Daley I thought Paul has the style to beat him, but for some f*cking reason, Paul decided he was a wrestler that night. I honestly don’t know what he was thinking or who gave him that idea, that was the biggest mistake. For me, he’s got the perfect style [to beat MVP]. That tight, K-1 style where you back the guy up and he has nowhere to go. He’s got a lot of power in his hands. I feel if he had’ve stood with him he would’ve won.”

What do you make of Lobov’s comments?

Artem Lobov Offered Paulie Malignaggi Rematch By Boxing Promoter

Artem Lobov, Paulie MalignaggiArtem Lobov has revealed he has been offered the chance to rematch bitter rival Paulie Malignaggi and make his professional boxing debut. The 33-year-old previously beat former boxing champion Malignaggi in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship in June 2019. After five hard rounds, Lobov picked up a unanimous decision win on the judge’s scorecards. Speaking to […]

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Artem Lobov has revealed he has been offered the chance to rematch bitter rival Paulie Malignaggi and make his professional boxing debut.

The 33-year-old previously beat former boxing champion Malignaggi in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship in June 2019. After five hard rounds, Lobov picked up a unanimous decision win on the judge’s scorecards.

Speaking to BJPenn.com, ‘The Russian Hammer’ said he had been offered the chance to face Malignaggi for a second time by a boxing promoter and he’s apparently very interested in the idea.

“Certainly [I’d rematch Paulie Malignaggi]. I have had some inquiries about that as I had a boxing promoter reach out to me and ask if I’d be interested in a pro boxing match against Paulie. With the coronavirus, all of that was put on hold but certainly I’d do it. Pro boxing has been something I’ve thought about for a long time. I think it would be a good first opponent for it.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic putting any ideas of a pro boxing career on hold, Lobov has begun thinking about what’s next in BKFC. Last time out he was stopped by Jason Knight in the fifth round of their highly anticipated rematch. According to Lobov BKFC bantamweight champion, Johnny Bedford is his most likely opponent although he insists he has many other opitons.

“That is probably one of the fights. They spoke to me about Johnny Bedford as well. He is the champion at 135 and is 5-0 in BKFC at the moment,” Lobov explained. “He has some noise behind him, but he needs some more exposure. He’s a solid fighter. So, I think it would make sense as he needs some push and a fight with me would do that for him. There are many fights for me.”

Would you like to see Artem Lobov face Paulie Malignaggi in professional boxing?

Artem Lobov Claims He’s Been Approached About Potential Rematch With Paulie Malignaggi

Artem Lobov says he has options and one of them is a potential rematch with Paulie Malignaggi. The beef between Lobov and Malignaggi has been going on since 2017. Lobov is a training partner and close friend of Conor McGregor. There was an infamous spa…

Artem Lobov says he has options and one of them is a potential rematch with Paulie Malignaggi. The beef between Lobov and Malignaggi has been going on since 2017. Lobov is a training partner and close friend of Conor McGregor. There was an infamous sparring session between McGregor and Malignaggi. “The Magic Man” claimed the […]

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Artem Lobov: Conor McGregor Beats Khabib Nurmagomedov In Rematch

Artem Lobov, Conor McGregorArtem Lobov thinks his training partner and friend Conor McGregor will beat Khabib Nurmagomedov now that he is fully focused on fighting. The Irishman first fought the undefeated Russian at UFC 229 back in October 2018. Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight title in emphatic fashion, submitting McGregor in round four after dominating the fight. Since the […]

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Artem Lobov thinks his training partner and friend Conor McGregor will beat Khabib Nurmagomedov now that he is fully focused on fighting.

The Irishman first fought the undefeated Russian at UFC 229 back in October 2018. Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight title in emphatic fashion, submitting McGregor in round four after dominating the fight.

Since the bout ‘Notorious’ has admitted he didn’t train correctly and wasn’t focused against his bitter rival. In an interview with Bleacher Report he promised to be in much better shape for the rematch, McGregor said.

“I will admit that the fight before UFC 246, I did not train
properly and was not in perfect condition.”

“I will simply say I was not fully prepared,” McGregor added.
“It proves that anything can happen in the fight game. You can trust that I
will not make the same mistakes next time. I came out well, and in an instant,
things changed. It’s as simple as that.”

Lobov seemingly agrees with him, the Russian by way of Dublin, Ireland said as much during a recent interview with BJPenn.com.

“I think if you look at when Conor lost to Diaz he made the
necessary changed and dominated that fight with three knockdowns. He overcame
the issues he had. You have to give the rematch to Conor,” he explained. “It
won’t be an easy fight but it will be a win for him. Look at round three,
Khabib wasn’t able to score any takedowns. Look at how good Conor did, you have
never seen any fighter do that. There are clear reasons, now that he’s focused,
with another training camp for Khabib that he will win.”

The 155lb champion Nurmagomedov is due to face Tony Ferguson
at UFC 249 on April 18 at a location yet to be confirmed. If he wins Dana White
has previously promised to make the rematch with McGregor as soon as possible.

Will Conor McGregor beat Khabib Nurmagomedov if
they rematch?

Artem Lobov Says He’d Sign One-Fight UFC Deal For Zubaira Tukhugov Bout

Artem Lobov still wants to get his hands on Zubaira Tukhugov. There is no love lost between Lobov and Tukhugov. The two have been trading barbs since the beef between SBG Ireland and Team Khabib began. Tukhugov trains with Nurmagomedov and had issues w…

Artem Lobov still wants to get his hands on Zubaira Tukhugov. There is no love lost between Lobov and Tukhugov. The two have been trading barbs since the beef between SBG Ireland and Team Khabib began. Tukhugov trains with Nurmagomedov and had issues with McGregor and Lobov in the buildup to UFC 229 back in […]

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