Who is Artem Lobov? Conor McGregor’s teammate pulled from UFC 223 following Khabib Nurmagomedov bus incident

KNOWN because the "Russian Hammer", Lobov has been a formidable pressure in combined martial arts for the previous decade.

Because the Russian-Irish fighter hits the headlines for a fracas with staff-mate Conor McGregor, right here's the low-down on the fearsome featherweight.

 Mixed martial artist Atem Lobov fights with Cub Swanson during the UFC Fight Night event in April 2017

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Combined martial artist Atem Lobov fights with Cub Swanson through the UFC Battle Night time occasion in April 2017

Who is Artem Lobov?

The 31-yr-previous is a Russian-born Irish skilled combined martial artist.

Weighing in at 66kg and measuring 1.75m tall, he set set to compete within the Featherweight division of the Final Preventing Championship (UFC).

Dublin-based mostly Lobov stated he received in combined martial arts (MMA) on the comparatively late age of 21.

It was then that he observed an advert at college providing self defence classes – and he's by no means stopped since.

Lobov has been in 29 profession fights since he turned professional in 2010.

He has additionally gained prominence alongside Conor McGregor within the actuality TV preventing collection, The Final Fighter.

On Twitter, he describes himself as "Born in Russia, Cast in Eire".

He has spoken candidly in an interview about his motivations and dismissed rumours he may retire.

He stated: "I completely love preventing, I by no means received into it for cash, I simply love the game; I need to do that for so long as I can, and I’ll achieve this for so long as my physique will permit me to."

Lobov additionally described MMA as "the truest conceivable" sport, and believes "preventing is in our nature".

 Featherweight Artem Lobov was pulled from UFC 223 for his involvement in a fight backstage

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Featherweight Artem Lobov was pulled from UFC 223 for his involvement in a struggle backstage

Why have been he and Conor McGregor pulled from UFC 223 after Khabib Nurmagomedov bus incident?

In the course of the UFC 223 press day, McGregor, his workforce-mate Artem Lobov and members of their group rampaged within the backstage space of Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York.

They then vandalised a bus containing fighters together with Michael Chiesa who was leaving following a press convention.

Footage seems to point out McGregor throwing a trolley on the bus – smashing a window – adopted by additional altercations.

McGregor has now been charged with assault and legal mischief and is banned from competing.

Lobov had been resulting from battle Alex Caceres in a featherweight occasion however has additionally been suspended from the invoice.

The entire occasion was captured on video displaying McGregor tossing a "dolly" and different gadgets on the bus, smashing the home windows and injuring a UFC official and injuring Chiesa.

View from contained in the bus as Conor McGregor assaults it forward of UFC 223

KNOWN because the "Russian Hammer", Lobov has been a formidable pressure in combined martial arts for the previous decade.

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