35-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 13-14-1, 1NC
April 5, 2018 Artem Lobov News
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UFC President Dana White confirmed Thursday afternoon to Brett Okamoto of ESPN that Lobov has been pulled from his upcoming fight against Alex Caceres at UFC 223 due to his involvement in the post-media day incident.
Lobov had been sitting at a (+135) betting underdog in advance of Saturday's matchup on the Fight Pass prelims, but it appears this fight is going to be scrapped. Lobov was involved in a confrontation with headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov earlier this week, but neither would confirm the details of what went down, and it was thought to be a thing of the past. Then, in a chaotic scene Thursday, Lobov's teammate Conor McGregor rushed the Barclay's Center with his entourage in search of Khabib, and bad intentions were clear. McGregor will likely face some time of punishment depending on the findings of the NYPD, but for now, it's his teammate that will suffer. Lobov surely had some responsibility in the alleged incident, the degree of which is unclear at this time.
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Fantasy AnalysisComing off two straight losses via decision, Lobov will attempt to get back on track and even up his career record at 14-14-1 against a fighter (Caceres) who has lost three of his last four. The two are set to fight at 145 pounds as part of a card that will be headlined by Tony Ferguson versus Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Fantasy AnalysisLobov opened with his typical pressuring style but was clearly laboring under the reach disadvantage, as Fili was able to sting him with jabs at will. The Russian fighter is no stranger to scraps that please the crowd but his game seems a bit too limited to consistently win fights at this level. Lobov intimated on Twitter after the fight that he was considering retirement, so we will have to wait to see what is next for the SBG product. His professional MMA record stands at 13-14-1, 1NC as a result of the loss.
Fantasy AnalysisLobov has gone the distance in all of his fights with the UFC. While he scored two wins in a row against Chris Avila and Teruto Ishihara, he struggled to fend off the counter shots of Cub Swanson in his headline fight in April. This latest matchup pits the southpaw against a seasoned UFC fighter with a significant reach advantage and eight KO/TKO wins. While Lobov has proven that he can take a lot of punches, he may be best suited to exercise a more defensive approach during this fight.
Fantasy AnalysisFew people thought Lobov deserved to be in the cage with Swanson, but the Russian Hammer proved his mettle, taking Round 1 on two scorecards by being the first to land a takedown. The fight got away from Lobov thereafter, as Swanson's counters were consistently finding a home, and he was able to take the 30-year-old's back twice in the fight. Lobov tends to be the punchline of a lot of jokes due to his 13-13-1 record and friendship with Conor McGregor, but there is no denying his toughness, as he never seemed to be in danger of being finished despite eating clean, hard shots. Lobov falls to 2-3 in the UFC as a result of the loss.
Fantasy AnalysisLobov has emerged victorious in consecutive fights against over-matched opponents, bouncing back nicely after losing his first two fights with the UFC. The striker is well-known for being one of the sparring partners of Conor McGregor, but his own professional career has had mixed results, as the 30-year-old sports a 12-12-1 (1 NC) record. Lobov is difficult to recommend as a fantasy play in this matchup, as he'll be an underdog against a highly-experienced opponent. Furthermore, his last four fights have gone to the judges, depriving owners of the stoppage bonuses awarded in most formats.
Fantasy AnalysisFor perhaps the first time in his career, Lobov appeared comfortable and confident in the Octagon. He calmly walked forward and landed with lead strikes. His constant pressure forced Ishihara to walk backwards the entire fight. Lobov was able to control the distance and land with hard single strikes. In the final round, Ishihara landed a hard cross that dropped Lobov, but the SBG fighter was able to survive. With the victory, he has now won back-to-back fights in the UFC for the first time.
Fantasy AnalysisLobov must have his right leg and ankle X-rayed and return negative results, or if positive, get medical clearance from an orthopedic doctor in order to avoid a suspension that would put him out of action until February 17, 2017. He recently defeated Chris Avila by decision at UFC 202 with his length and powerful leg kicks. Lobov's status will be in question until his X-ray results are released.
Fantasy AnalysisLobov likely saved his job in what was one of the easier victories of his entire career. Realizing that his opponent was baffled by his length, Lobov simply stood at distance and unloaded countless leg kicks that left the debuting Avila hopping around. It was an easy, impressive victory for Lobov, but he still offers nothing in terms of future potential. On the bright side, at least he remains employed.
Fantasy AnalysisLobov is perhaps better known for being a teammate and sparring partner to Conor McGregor, rather than any past performance in the octagon. He desperately needs a big performance after losing his first two fights with the UFC. If he comes up empty, or even if he wins in an unimpressive fashion, Lobov could be facing his release from the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisLobov is a former Ultimate Fighter finalist, but that means nothing these days. He struggled to get anything going on the feet against White and he showed no ability to stop a takedown. Now sporting a career record of 11-12-0, Lobov is going to be released the next time the UFC makes a round of cuts. He has shown no ability to be a competitive fighter in the octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisYes, the guy with a career 11-11 record made it to the final of The Ultimate Fighter. That should tell you all you need to know about the state of TUF these days. Fighting against a replacement fighter, Lobov simply didn't show up. He could of stayed home and the result would have been the same. Losers of Ultimate Fighter finals generally get another shot with the company, but Lobov doesn't deserve one.