Artem Lobov, who says that being Conor McGregor’s main sparring partner is the “biggest achievement of my life”, recently took aim at the top of the featherweight division. He claimed that with McGregor moving up to lightweight, he is now “the hardest hitter of the division by a long shot.”
Lobov said that included Jose Aldo, who he is now calling a “pussy” for accepting the UFC featherweight belt that was stripped from McGregor.
“I’ll tell you one thing about Jose Aldo, if I was in his position I would have never accepted that belt,” Lobov told Submission Radio. “What? So they took the belt from the guy that knocked him out in 13 seconds. They took it off that guy and they handed him that belt and he just takes it and he’s happy and smiling on his face?
“Like, what kind of pussy do you have to be to take that? No way in hell would I ever accept that belt. I would say, ‘give me that guy again. I want to fight him, and if he’s not in the division anymore, well then f—k that, I don’t want that belt. Let the other two fight for the belt and then I’ll fight the winner and I’ll earn that belt’. Because now he’s holding a belt that Conor got off him in 13 seconds and he’ll never be able to get rid of that stain,” he continued.
“Even if he beats now Max Holloway, he’ll still be holding that same belt. So how are you as a man, as a fighter that respects himself, accept that belt? I would have never done it in my life. I don’t know why he f—king done it.”
Lobov is currently slated to headline an event against Cub Swanson. He says he’s not looking past the #4 ranked contender, but he does have lofty goals about eventually taking the featherweight title.
“I have my own shit to concentrate on. When I get past Cub, we’ll see where that belt is and where I’m at.
“I am looking forward to putting the pressure on him because he’s never felt pressure like mine before. Never, ever in his life,” he said. “I will bully him around and he’ll panic and he’ll start throwing and he’ll overcommit and I will catch him.”