UFC’s Artem Lobov Spits Fire: Talks Cub Swanson, McGregor vs Mayweather, Diaz, Woodley + More!

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MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant spoke via Skpye with UFC Featherweight Artem Lobov, and heard what he had to say about his upcoming UFC Nashville main event fight with Cub Swanson. Artem explains how the fight came together, what he believes a win over Cub would mean and why he’s excited about the stylistic match-up. Artem also talks about the possible fight between teammate/Lightweight Champ Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, a possible third fight between Conor and Nate Diaz, who he considers to be the #1 Pound For Pound fighter and much more.

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438 Comments on "UFC’s Artem Lobov Spits Fire: Talks Cub Swanson, McGregor vs Mayweather, Diaz, Woodley + More!"

  1. Artem is trying to rise by fighting top seeded fighters, win or lose, at least he is trying for glory & not playing it safe being cautious. If he wins it will do wonders for his rise to the top and if he loses then people will say it was expected. A fighter with nothing to lose is more dangerous than a fighter who is expected an easy fight victory. You cant troll a man who is trying to make themselves better while you look at a keyboard thinking you know it all. Stanging toe to toe with a equal size fighter locked in a cage is brave enough already so think that before you slag a mans reputation without a right to give a valid opinion.

  2. Artem is trying to rise by fighting top seeded fighters, win or lose, at least he is trying for glory & not playing it safe being cautious. If he wins it will do wonders for his rise to the top and if he loses then people will say it was expected. A fighter with nothing to lose is more dangerous than a fighter who is expected an easy fight victory. You cant troll a man who is trying to make themselves better while you look at a keyboard thinking you know it all. Stanging toe to toe with a equal size fighter locked in a cage is brave enough already so think that before you slag a mans reputation without a right to give a valid opinion.

  3. Khabib didnt make weight , so why dnt conor fight tony?? Stupidazz russian, Go suck conors dick some more. This puzzy thinks all american fighters aint shit, he shit on DJ, jones, woodley tony furgason ,only giving respect to european fighters, fuk this pile o shit

  4. Khabib didnt make weight , so why dnt conor fight tony?? Stupidazz russian, Go suck conors dick some more. This puzzy thinks all american fighters aint shit, he shit on DJ, jones, woodley tony furgason ,only giving respect to european fighters, fuk this pile o shit

  5. You know that ufc sucks when a guy with a cartel of 13-12 fights a legend of mma like cub, lobov shoudnt even enter at tufs house, he lost his prelim fight and conor cried for dana to put him in. this is even more pathetic than conor fighting nobody to get 145 and 155 tittle shots.
    shut the fuck up lobov, the fans who have ZERO knowledge of the sport are the mcgregor fans
    for fucks sake you have a 13-12 cartel, just retire you fucken loser

  6. You know that ufc sucks when a guy with a cartel of 13-12 fights a legend of mma like cub, lobov shoudnt even enter at tufs house, he lost his prelim fight and conor cried for dana to put him in. this is even more pathetic than conor fighting nobody to get 145 and 155 tittle shots.
    shut the fuck up lobov, the fans who have ZERO knowledge of the sport are the mcgregor fans
    for fucks sake you have a 13-12 cartel, just retire you fucken loser

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  8. Artem is probably one of the smartest fighters out there.
    Seems like a real good dude too.
    His skills are not great, he has those short ass arms and is stiff as a board, but he is tough, and even if his chances are slim you never know. I wish him the best. Oh yes, and fuck all the hate.

  9. Artem is probably one of the smartest fighters out there.
    Seems like a real good dude too.
    His skills are not great, he has those short ass arms and is stiff as a board, but he is tough, and even if his chances are slim you never know. I wish him the best. Oh yes, and fuck all the hate.

  10. Im no where near a cub fan but one fight I saw with him and dennis Siver he kinda reminded me of Conor a little big His stance and movement. I think Conor was a big fan of his and he took some notes from his style concerning movement. Artem has been sparring with a bigger, longer, more accurate version of Cub I believe. Gives him some advantages as long as it doesnt go to the ground which i think he will try alot in the fight

  11. Im no where near a cub fan but one fight I saw with him and dennis Siver he kinda reminded me of Conor a little big His stance and movement. I think Conor was a big fan of his and he took some notes from his style concerning movement. Artem has been sparring with a bigger, longer, more accurate version of Cub I believe. Gives him some advantages as long as it doesnt go to the ground which i think he will try alot in the fight

  12. omg lmao…"jon jones is praying to jesus when the cameras on him then when its off him he has a big line of cocain under his nose" karen u hit a grand slam out the park with this one. so refreshing this dude speaks his true mind on issues and isn't some phony. for real real this was the best interview iv'e heard in a long time. so good. i can see why conor likes him so much he is a good dude with a great personality. "NICE AND FLOWY"

  13. Karen has a great way of bringing up a fighters shitty record, without offending them. I like this cat. He's a true journeyman that's paid his dues and I really respect that. I hope he has a great rest of his career…

  14. Karen has a great way of bringing up a fighters shitty record, without offending them. I like this cat. He's a true journeyman that's paid his dues and I really respect that. I hope he has a great rest of his career…

  15. For me, Mcgregor should be number 1 pound for pound because he is the best at 145 and 155. Conor demolished everyone at 145. No one ever came close to beating him at 145. He beat the best of the best there. At 155, I think there are some tough fights for Conor with either Khabib or Tony. Both guys are bigger than him and outweigh him by a good 20 pounds (walking weight). Jon jones has beat everyone at 205 but he is also a lot longer than everyone at 205. The only time he almost lost at 205 was when he fought someone with similar size (Gus). I'd like to see how Jon would do at heavyweight fighting guys bigger than him like how Conor is fighting guys bigger than him at 155. DJ has ruled at 125 but I don't think he can go up a division and dominate and get the belt at 135. DJ lost to Dom and I think DJ would lose to Cody too. I think it's bullshit when people bring up Cormier as the number one pound for pound. Cormier isn't the best at 205. Jon Jones is. And, I don't think Cormier could win the belt at heavyweight either. I think Stipe, Werdum, Cain, and Dos Santos would give him a lot of trouble.

  16. For me, Mcgregor should be number 1 pound for pound because he is the best at 145 and 155. Conor demolished everyone at 145. No one ever came close to beating him at 145. He beat the best of the best there. At 155, I think there are some tough fights for Conor with either Khabib or Tony. Both guys are bigger than him and outweigh him by a good 20 pounds (walking weight). Jon jones has beat everyone at 205 but he is also a lot longer than everyone at 205. The only time he almost lost at 205 was when he fought someone with similar size (Gus). I'd like to see how Jon would do at heavyweight fighting guys bigger than him like how Conor is fighting guys bigger than him at 155. DJ has ruled at 125 but I don't think he can go up a division and dominate and get the belt at 135. DJ lost to Dom and I think DJ would lose to Cody too. I think it's bullshit when people bring up Cormier as the number one pound for pound. Cormier isn't the best at 205. Jon Jones is. And, I don't think Cormier could win the belt at heavyweight either. I think Stipe, Werdum, Cain, and Dos Santos would give him a lot of trouble.

  17. TBH this is one of the best discussions about Conor not defending his titles and the Conor situation in general. KB did bring the heat in terms of tough questions regarding Conor and the interview didn't get heated or awkward at all. A+ job

  18. TBH this is one of the best discussions about Conor not defending his titles and the Conor situation in general. KB did bring the heat in terms of tough questions regarding Conor and the interview didn't get heated or awkward at all. A+ job

  19. Why is everyone sucking Cub Swanson's balls. The guy is a tool bag. Exp: flying knee from Aldo after talkin all that shit. Artem likes to strike and that's entertaining I don't give a fuck if he knows Connor Mcgregor

  20. Why is everyone sucking Cub Swanson's balls. The guy is a tool bag. Exp: flying knee from Aldo after talkin all that shit. Artem likes to strike and that's entertaining I don't give a fuck if he knows Connor Mcgregor

    • Ichinegro Negrosaki dude conor was always training its just that he didnt want to fight while his gf was pregnant so she doesnt have to deal with the stress. he will fight mayweather after the baby is born

    • Ichinegro Negrosaki dude conor was always training its just that he didnt want to fight while his gf was pregnant so she doesnt have to deal with the stress. he will fight mayweather after the baby is born

    • +CONOR MCGREGOR RETARDED FAGGOT ACNE FACE SON, I was surprised too when artem would be cub's opponent however the fact he made it to the final proves he deserved to be in the tuf house. As for your stupid comments about conor not fighting anyone to get a title shot? If you don't think Max holloway, dustin poirier, dennis siver and chad mendes are all absolute beasts then you are the one with Zero knowledge.

    • Couldn't agree more. I like Cub's style better, but I love listening to people bitch about how unfair it is Artem is in the UFC. He is fun to watch, kinda funny and a decent fighter. If you pay attention to his record he like, moved up in weight a lot early on and fought tough guys on one day notice. Mostly lost my descision. His record does suck, but he definitely is skilled. Proven by his fight with Ishihara. I'd looooove to just read reactions to his win

  21. Artem I love you my boy but don't you ever fix your face to speak about Jon jones especially in his last fight. He put on a masterful kicking performance, straight dominated OSP. Wasn't even close for a second. I appreciate the loyalty bruddah but watch what you say.

    • Nah, I'd be inclined to agree – ranked 5-10 – just sayin to retarded faggot that you can't say he's fought nobody. 155ers moving down to 145? hmm, Pettis had that idea too – didn't work out too well,.. If the likes of Johnson or Barboza agreed with you they'd probably try to cut too don't you think?

      I'd have agreed with you on the Bisping comparison before McGregor fought Alvarez, I thought he got lucky vs Aldo and needed to be tested again and was disappointed the way Aldo got no rematch,.. but its not the same thing unless Bisping moves up and stops Cormier in 2 rounds, lol (joking) My point is McGregor has been tested, he's not a fluke.

    • I think Conor is afraid of being actually tested. I think Nate 1 was a reality check, but he had a good plan for the second fight. And he still didn't do well. Does he want to fight another fighter who he doesn't have a size advantage over? It doesn't seem like it. Conor knows he can out strike and ko smaller dudes. He's not so sure he can do that to Nate or by extension anyone he can't reach with ease. And the way Conor looks when he's tested doesn't look well. I think he's done with MMA because he doesn't have the stones to get beat, physically or psychologically.

      As far as Barboza and the rest (Poirier!), I think they don't want to make the cut or maybe aren't good enough to pull a Conor. Conor's not a fluke. I respect what he's done, but I do wish we'd get to see a Conor run at 155. That's all I've ever asked for from the beginning. And if he did, I think we'd be talking about goat status.

    • Hmm,. you may be right, the money he'll make from the Mayweather fight – he might just retire – but time will tell,.. he has options, he has also said that he'll fight Nate a third time,.. I think he'll fight Khabib or Ferguson – both of whom are bigger than Conor and both of whom will give him serious trouble, but the man has so much belief in himself that I just don't see him hiding from them, again, time will tell.

      The thing I saw when he fought Nate wasn't the height/reach or even the size necessarily, Conor had no issue connecting with Nate chin, the issue was Nate' endurance and toughness from what I could tell.

    • that's not what p4p means. obviously, mighty mouse is too small for 135 cruz. dj is a small guy. conor was a big 145er. conor is a big 155er. it's apples and oranges, and that doesn't even matter because p4p means "if" the fighter were a different size, not if the fighter can move up and down weight classes.

  22. +Karyn Bryant Hello, Karyn! I know I inquired before, however I thought I would ask again about interviewing Cub. Were you able to interview him, or will we see a interview later on down the line? Btw thanks, for acknowledging my initial question concerning Cub.

  23. +Karyn Bryant Hello, Karyn! I know I inquired before, however I thought I would ask again about interviewing Cub. Were you able to interview him, or will we see a interview later on down the line? Btw thanks, for acknowledging my initial question concerning Cub.

    • SyringeSem
      It's not even that I don't really like Artem. He seems like a nice enough guy. It's the fact that he's only in this position because Conor obviously pulled some strings to get him these opportunities. By the way, why was Ishihara so highly touted when the only guys he's beaten is glass chin Erosa, and Horacio Gutierrez? Sure, he went to a draw with a past his prime Hirota, but he's beaten nobodies, just like Artem. Also, Artem recently got picked apart by Alex White. A guy with severe brain damage from drinking gasoline as an kid. You really think Artem has evolved his game since that one sided ass beating? I know for certain that Cub is going to beat the living shit out of him, and it will be hard to watch. There's no reason for this kind of abuse.

    • Mr. Rotten Treats Alex white has a good amateur boxing background and he won by split decision. losing to cub wouldnt even mean he doesnt belong. no ones saying its not a huge step up. ishihara was highly touted not from who he beat, but how he was winning.

    • Alex won by unanimous decision, and it was very one sided. Artem doesn't belong, and the manner he loses to Cub here will solidify that fact. Horiguchi is one of the top flyweights in the world and was cut while on a win streak. Several other fighters have been cut recently on winning streaks and with much higher ceiling and upside than Artem, but for some reason he's worth keeping around. Ishihara was touted due to him being funny in his interviews with his broken English and because he trains with Alpha Male. No other reason. He's just another wild guy that likes to bang on the feet, with some personality they can benefit a little from promoting in the prelims. Can you seriously justify putting Artem in a main event slot against a top 5 guy in Cub Swanson? When does shit like this ever happen?

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