Former UFC fighter and bare-knuckle boxing star, Artem Lobov, called it quits on his fighting career after losing via TKO to Olympic silver medalist, Denys Berinchyk, this past weekend in a bare-knuckle boxing match in Ukraine.
According to MMA Fighting Lobov released the following statement on retirement, “It’s true, time to close the career. There’s plenty other options and suggestions to prolong my path, but not fighting. In order to succeed, you have to say goodbye and concentrate on other things. Of course, I’ll be with Mahatch and the Parimatch team. All my sponsors are already family for me. I feel this support indeed. So I won’t say goodbye from all fighting activities, but I need to finish my career as a fighter.”
Lobov gained notoriety after appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 22 with a confrontational fighting style, which featured Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber. Lobov was coached by teammate and longtime friend, Conor McGregor, where he made it to the final against UFC lightweight, Ryan Hall. He went on to amass a career record of 13-5-1 with his most notable win over former boxing champion, Paulie Malignaggi.
Lobov is McGregor’s longtime training parter and has been alongside him every step of his meteoric rise.