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The UFC could do with more warriors like Artem Lobov.

Artem Lobov is one of those increasingly rare figures in this money fight era. While the majority of fighters are looking to book that favourable match-up that gets them closer to a title shot, ‘The Russian Hammer’ has just one goal in mind. He wants to fight.

This mindset has been instilled in him since day one. When he lost his professional debut, he was back in the cage a few months later. After suffering three consecutive losses early in his career, he quickly got back in there to add another entry to the win column. If there wasn’t a fight available in his natural weight class, he took lightweight and catchweight bouts.

When a fight against perpetual UFC contender Cub Swanson was offered, Lobov didn’t hesitate to accept it. Swanson was in the form of his life and although he was dominant in victory, Lobov proved a lot of doubters wrong by winning a round and lasting until the final buzzer sounded in a five-round main event.

While the target on Lobov’s back appears to never shrink because of his association with Conor McGregor, the one on his compatriot Zabit Magomedsharipov couldn’t be smaller. The Dagestani came into the UFC as a 26-year-old off on an eight-fight win-streak and tons of hype behind him. When Mark Henry started learning Russia just…



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