Artem Lobov reacts to bodily altercation with Paulie Malignaggi at BKFC media day

Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi needed to be separated Tuesday at a media occasion in New York.

The 2 males have been each at Mendez Boxing fitness center in Manhattan for a Naked Knuckle FC media day. Lobov fights fellow UFC veteran Jason Knight in the principle occasion Saturday evening in Biloxi, Miss. However Lobov and Malignaggi have been going at it within the media and issues popped off Tuesday in particular person.

The 2 males got here head to head and it appeared that Malignaggi slapped Lobov within the face. The 2 fighters needed to be pulled aside, Malignaggi was dragged away by Anthony Johnson, the previous UFC slugger and present BKFC worker.

Lobov instructed MMA Combating simply minutes after the altercation that he was requested by Naked Knuckle FC promoter Dave Feldman to not get bodily with Malignaggi current. Lobov stated he gave his phrase.

When the 2 got here head to head, Lobov stated Malignaggi even stated “no fingers” repeatedly.

“He himself was saying, no, no, no,” Lobov stated in a cellphone interview. “After which he simply obtained somewhat low cost shot in. That’s the one approach he can f*cking get fingers on me, an inexpensive shot. However no matter. F*ck it. Does he assume that’s gonna upset me? I’m a f*cking fighter. I stroll by way of head kicks, you assume I’m gonna give a f*ck about that? No matter, brush it off, transfer on. Let’s go, let’s see what you bought after we really sq. off within the ring.”

Lobov was famously slapped by Khabib Nurmagomedov in April 2018 earlier than UFC 223, prompting Lobov’s shut pal and longtime teammate Conor McGregor to fly from Eire to Brooklyn with dozens of males in an try to interact with Nurmagomedov. McGregor ended up getting arrested for throwing a dolly by way of a bus window in a now notorious scene.

Lobov stated he doesn’t anticipate something like that to occur to Malignaggi. The 2 are anticipated to struggle for Naked Knuckle FC in June, if Lobov will get previous Knight.

“I would like Paulie,” Lobov stated. “I would like him wrapped up in bubble wrap. I would like him there on June 22, that’s when the provisional date has been set. That’s once I want him. That’s after we get to go at it. Then, we’ll see what occurs.”

On Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Malignaggi, a former two-division boxing champion, instructed Luke Thomas that he appears like he would wish to actually harm Lobov of their struggle as a way to show a degree. Lobov laughed that off.

“Let’s have a look at the details,” Lobov stated. “Have a look at his fights. Who did he do injury to aside from himself? He’s a jabber. He simply jabs, jabs, jabs, jabs. That’s all he ever f*cking does. He didn’t put guys away, ever. He has no knockout energy, his fingers are fragile, at all times f*cking damaged. He’s outdated now and fats and lazy. The one motive he’s coming again is as a result of he’s broke as f*ck. So what’s there to concern? That’s it — nothing.”

Lobov, 32, misplaced three in a row within the UFC earlier than asking for his launch final 12 months to take a extra profitable supply with BKFC. Regardless of his 13-15-1 (1 NC) profession file in MMA, Lobov is an enormous fan favourite for his thrilling fights, sturdiness and relationship with McGregor’s SBG Eire group. Knight, 26, can also be a UFC veteran. Lobov might want to beat him as a way to earn that massive Malignaggi payday, however he stated he doesn’t really feel any burden.

“There isn’t any stress on me, man,” Lobov stated. “I completely love the struggle recreation. I really love preventing, so how can there be stress for me once I completely like it? When the struggle really occurs for me, I deal with it like a vacation. That’s my little vacation from day by day life. So, I sit up for it. Each day for me, that’s work. The precise struggle itself is nice.”

And attending to struggle Malignaggi in just a few months? That may be even sweeter, “The Russian Hammer” stated.

“He’s simply a type of whiners that you just’d simply like to punch within the face,” Lobov stated. “It’s gonna really feel so good to really feel my naked knuckles on his jaw.”

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