Conor McGregor’s team-mate Artem Lobov shows off swollen and bloody face after beating Jason Knight in Bare Knuckle FC as Irishman hails ‘animal’
- Artem Lobov and Jason Knight battered each other in bare knuckle fight
- Their faces told the story afterwards with both men severely cut and bruised
- Conor McGregor paid tribute to team-mate and called him an ‘animal’
Conor McGregor lauded his team-mate Artem Lobov as an ‘animal’ after the Russian beat Jason Knight in a brutal, bloody bare-knuckle boxing match.
Lobov and Knight both suffered gruesome cuts and bruises to the face and post-fight images shared after the bout revealed the horrible extent of the damage.
McGregor tweeted: ‘What an animal! Proud of you! Amazing fight, Paulie’s nice and quiet all of a sudden and that’s not like him haha We want a new contract for the for this next bout! It has been earned and now deserved! What a great showing Jason Knight. Big respect!’
Artem Lobov (right) beat Jason Knight (left) and both men suffered horrible facial injuries
His reference to ‘Paulie’ was referring to Malignaggi, who slapped Lobov during a heated confrontation last week and pledged to knock him unconscious.
Malignaggi has also signed with Bare Knuckle FC but as McGregor suggested, perhaps the former world champion is regretting the decision, given the state of Lobov and Knight.
Lobov himself, a key player in the feud between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, shared a snap of his face in the hospital after the fight, asking: ‘Any plaster lads?’
Knight thanked Lobov for giving him a war but the Russian won by majority decision
Both he and McGregor train under John Kavanagh at SBG’s Gym in Dublin.
Nickname: Russian Hammer
Fights out of: Dublin, Ireland
MMA wins: 13
MMA defeats: 15
Kavanagh wrote: ‘Huge congrats to The Russian Hammer, what a fight! Hats off to Jason Knight taking those shots and never backing down.’
Knight said: ‘We may look rough, but Artem gave me the fight I’ve always wanted!!! Much respect brother!!! Good luck in your future endeavors!!’
The event was staged over five rounds and Lobov claimed victory on a majority decision after knocking his opponent down three times.
He was cut by the UFC at the start of this year having complied a record of 2-5 in the leading MMA organisation. Knight was also released by the UFC after losing four fights in a row.
Lobov and McGregor are close friends and team-mates at John Kavanagh’s SBG gym
Lobov is yet to sign a deal with any other company, though he is permitted to do so under the contract with Bare Knuckle FC.
The controversial glove-less fighting organisation came into creation last year and has signed a number of former MMA fighters to compete.
A showdown between Malignaggi and Lobov would be by far their biggest fight so far but many accuse the competition as being a return to the stone age and completely archaic.
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