UFC featherweight fighter Artem Lobov entered the UFC as part of Conor McGregor’s team at the 22nd season of the Ultimate Fighter in 2015. Since then, he only won two of his six fights with the company, and incurred his second straight defeat against Andre Fili in Poland late last month.
Most fighters would have been released from the UFC roster with that kind of record, and this is exactly what Lobov feels after his loss to Fili.
“Now that I have lost to Fili — and this is no disrespect to him — but now with two losses in a row, and the last loss was not exactly to the best guy out there, I feel like other people in my situation would be cut,” Lobov told MMA Fighting. “If someone didn’t deserve to be in the UFC, in the past I was always the first guy to tell them, so now I feel like I don’t really deserve a UFC contract.”
“It’s only fair that I get cut as well.”
Lobov previously called for a release from his UFC contract to fight retired former world boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi. But apparently, “The Russian Hammer” also has other plans outside of boxing.
As for fighting under the most prominent MMA organization in the world, Lobov simply feels it is not for him.
“It’s not just boxing I’m considering, it’s K-1 too,” Lobov said. “That’s something I’ve always liked. When I first fought in K-1, I knocked out a guy in two minutes. That’s something that might appeal to me too.”
“I bring in the hardest sparring partners you can imagine and I’m going through the guys,” he added. “Honestly, I’m destroying people in sparring, but for some reason I haven’t been able to show my full potential in the UFC.”
“I’ve said what I said about the UFC, but another thing is, I really want to fight as much as I possibly can. This two fights a year thing, that’s not for me.”