Artem Lobov doesn’t have one of the most impressive records in the UFC, when it comes to wins and losses. But, “The Russian Hammer” would likely say that’s because he hasn’t been padding his record, unlike many of his fellow colleagues.
Lobov is booked to fight Cub Swanson next month at UFC Fight Night 108, which will take place on April 22nd in Nashville. The bout’s announcement was met with mixed reviews from some, since Swanson is currently ranked #4 in the UFC’s 145 division, and Lobov isn’t in the top 15. Some critics also questioned whether Lobov’s placement in the fight, was influenced by the fact he’s a teammate of superstar, Conor McGregor.
“…you go in there, you tell all your mates that you’re going to be fighting and you go in and you kill the guy in 10 seconds. It looks great, of course. It’s not like me. I come in there and I’m taking on the best guy in the f–king city or in the area or whatever and we have an absolute war and it’s three rounds and I’m beat up and I can’t even f-cking train for four or five weeks. Of course, that’s the hard road. It’s not pretty, it’s not easy, but I felt that if you want to be a fighter, if you want to be in the sport, then this is the right approach. So hopefully in time it will change. I will keep exposing all of the guys that are padding their records, I will keep pointing the finger at them and I will never have respect for anyone who tries to pad his record. If you want my respect, you gotta earn it. And I always give credit where credit is due.”
There you have it. Now, there are certainly fighters who have come up through the ranks quicker than others, by not facing very tough competition. Usually, however, those fighters are quickly exposed once they’re fighting on the big stage.
One thing’s for certain, whether you agree with Lobov getting this fight or not, it has the chances to be pretty fantastic. Both men are aggressive, pressuring fighters who can take a shot.