How many fighters ask Dana White for a bonus after their fights? How many Tweet at matchmakers requesting certain match-ups? If you haven’t paid attention, it’s a whole lot. That’s not Artem Lobov’s style. He believes if you want something, you have to go out and get it yourself and make it undeniable. No matter how many wins or losses on his record, he is letting everyone know that will never be him.
“The UFC is full of beggars. They’re all beggars. You need to be a go-getter. You need to go and get it. You need to go and make changes and go after what you want. All these guys they beg for everything. When they want more money, they don’t how else to go about it. They say, ‘Oh please pay me more, you’re not paying me enough’. What kind of attitude is that? I hate people like that. I never want to be a guy like that and I never will be. I went out there, I reached out to other organizations and said I could potentially be getting cut, I’m not yet but I could be, what are the offers, what are the options?”
— UFC (@ufc) March 20, 2018
“I take my career into my own hands and I make things happen for myself. I see a lot of guys they get released [from the UFC] or they’re praying they don’t get released or if they do they don’t know what to do. I see it all the time. I’m not one of those guys. […] I was expecting if I do get cut, I had a plan of action. That’s what I was talking about. I had offers from the boxing world, I had offers from the K-1 world. I had offers from other MMA organizations and trust me those weren’t just some sh-tty little offers because I couldn’t get it done in the UFC. Those offers were for more than in the UFC. So they were very, very good offers.” — Artem Lobov speaking to MMA NYTT.
After two losses, two wins, then two more losses, Artem Lobov felt he may be cut from the UFC and took the appropriate precautions. Turns out he didn’t need the other options. Lobov will fight Alex Caceres on the undercard of UFC 223 in what is impossible to be a boring fight. Once again, whether he wins or loses, he’s not going to beg for anything and he’s entertain all of us.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/21/2018.