Artem Lobov has begged UFC president and owner Dana White to not cancel his upcoming bout with fellow featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov following Saturday’s mass brawl at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
Lobov has vowed to punish Tukhugov for his part in the mass brawl which occured directly after the main event last week.
In the main event of the evening, the first ever Russian born UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Irish superstar Conor McGregor, and directly after the fight both teams ensued in an in-ring and ringside brawl.
One of the participants in the huge brawl was Zubaira Tukhugov, a fellow Russian and training partner of Nurmagomedov, who was booked to face Artem Lobov at the upcoming UFC main event in Moncton, Canada.
Featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov is a good friend of Khabib Nurmagomedov, and was scheduled to face Lobov, who is incidentally training partner to Nurmagomedov’s fierce rival and opponent on Saturday, Conor McGregor.
For his part in the brawl after the fight at UFC 229, Dana White pulled Tukhugov from the card at UFC main event, therefore changing Artem Lobov’s plans for revenge for the Russian.
There have also been suggestions that Tukhugov could be released by the UFC, although this argument has now escalated with Nurmagomedov releasing a huge statement on his Instagram feed publicly backing his friend and fellow Russian in this dispute.
The 30-year-old lightweight has even gone as far as stating he will quit the promotion should Tukhugov be released by UFC for his actions on Saturday night.
Artem Lobov, however, is hoping that Dana White will rethink his plans for Tukhugov and let the two fight it out at the upcoming UFC event, calling for the UFC to not let him escape punishment and to reinstate him into the match-up.
“Dana, dont let Tukhugov escape his punishment, put him back in! @danawhite,” reads the Russian-Irishman’s tweet to the UFC president.
Whether White will listen to the 32-year-old remains to be seen, but it seems Lobov would love to get revenge for the Russian’s part in the mass brawl with his teammates setup.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN may have some slightly disappointing news for the southpaw featherweight, however, with a tweet shortly before Lobov’s seemingly confirming the fight is off.
“Confirmed that the Lobov vs. Tukhugov fight in Moncton later this month has been cancelled. UFC looking for a new opponent for Lobov. Tukhugov’s status is uncertain,” reads Helwani’s tweet.
Dana White, as always, holds all the cards in the monumental dispute between four of UFC’s finest fighters. There are arguments for both sides of the battle, careers on the line, and consequences upcoming for their actions.
What remains to be seen in the short term, is whether White will give in to Lobov’s demands for the match to be reinstated later this month.
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