Former UFC fighter Artem Lobov barged into the win column for the first time at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
On Saturday night, the MMA world witnessed Lobov’s debut at BKFC 5.
Considered as the greatest fighter of all time online, Lobov joined the bare-knuckle promotion after he was released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship three months ago.
For his first fight, he faced former UFC veteran, Jason Knight in the main event of Saturday extravaganza.
The battle of the ex-UFC stars exceeded expectations as they treated fans to all-out bloody war and a potential fight of the year contender.
When the dust settled, it was Lobov who had his hand raised, escaping his opponent in a close unanimous decision win.
Lobov’s win earned the nod of his teammate, Conor McGregor, who has been rumoured to have left the SBG Ireland.
“The Notorious” took to social media to sing praises for “The Russian Hammer” and lauded Knight for a great showing.
Lobov and Knight tussled in the main event of BKFC 5. The fight could have gone either way as both fighters displayed tremendous heart in a classic five-round match.
The SBG Ireland product coasted to a strong start, landing flurry of punches that cut Knight’s face in the opening round. He then scored a knockdown in the first three rounds to get the upper hand.
Knight did not go down without a fight as he also had some flashes of brilliance.
He floored Lobov and the first and did plenty of damage in the fourth before running out of gas in the closing stage.
Lobov came out with the win after ringside judges scored 48-47, 48-47, and 48-46 in his favour.
Not happy with the scores, Knight protested the result, saying “We all know I didn’t lose that damn fight. We all know I got robbed. It’s okay, I’m still gonna party tonight.”
Meanwhile, McGregor was just ecstatic after his teammate drew his first blood at Bare Knuckle FC.
Check out his reaction to Lobov’s hard-fought win against Knight below:
”What an animal!” he posted on Twitter.
“Proud of you, Artem Lobov! 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 Russian Hammer for this next bout!”
“It has been earned and now deserved!”
”What a great showing, Jason Knight. Big respect!”
What an animal!
Proud of you @RusHammerMMA! 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 @RusHammerMMA for this next bout!
It has been earned and now deserved!
What a great showing @Jasonthekid23.
Big respect! https://t.co/dQKWIKCRd0
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 8, 2019
Lobov is slated to fight Paulie Malignaggi next in an intriguing clash.
The fight is set on June 22, where the former world boxing champion will make his debut in the bare-knuckle promotion.
Check out the Bareknuckle FC 5 full results courtesy of MMA Fighting:
Artem Lobov defeats Jason Knight via unanimous decision (48-47 x2, 48-46)
Chris Leben defeats Justin Baesman via KO at 0:25 of R1
Christine Ferea defeats Britain Hart via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 1:09 of R2
Sam Shewmaker versus Chase Sherman ends in a Split Draw (50-45 Sherman, 48-47 Shewmaker, 48-48)
Reggie Barnett defeats Rusty Crowder via unanimous decision (50-44 x3)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeats Randy Hederick via TKO 1:22 of R3
Johnny Bedford defeats Abdiel Velazquez via KO at 0:15 of R4
Sheena Starr defeats Ivana Coleman via TKO at 0:37 of R2
Bobo O’Bannon defeats Troy Beets via TKO in R4
Harris Stephenson defeats Kaleb Harris via Split Decision
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