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Following UFC release, Artem Lobov gets into spat with Ben Askren: Your career is a ‘gimmick’

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Ben Askren rips Artem Lobov following his release from the UFC.

Ben Askren Media Workout Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Artem Lobov is no longer under contract with the UFC, and Ben Askren thinks ‘The Russian Hammer’s’ release was long overdue.

Following Tuesday’s report that Lobov had been granted his release by the UFC, ‘Funky’ took aim at the ‘GOAT’ on social media.

After Lobov hinted at a move to Bellator, ONE FC and various other promotions, Askren responded with the following sarcastic tweet.

Lobov, who trains alongside former ‘champ-champ’ Conor McGregor at SBG Ireland, answered with a joke about a possible transition to the boxing ring.

Lobov’s joke got a ‘good laugh’ out of Askren, who claimed that Lobov’s MMA-GOAT ‘gimmick’ had ran its course.

Lobov fired back with the following tweet, but Askren accused the MMA veteran of trolling.

Askren, the former ONE FC and Bellator welterweight champion, will make his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler on March 2nd. Askren vs. Lawler will take place at UFC 235 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As for Lobov, the dual Russian-Irish citizen will probably go on to avenge Conor McGregor’s loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.