Artem Lobov To Face Michael Johnson At UFC Moncton

Artem
Lobov
, who was originally scheduled to face Zubaira
Tukhugov
later this month at UFC Moncton, may have a new
opponent in Michael
Johnson
. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani announced the pending
matchup on Sunday, but noted that Johnson had not yet signed the
bout agreement.

Tukhugov was removed from the bout for his involvement in the
post-fight brawl at UFC 229, where he was captured on camera
entering the Octagon and attacking McGregor. Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana
White stated in the immediate aftermath of the brawl that any UFC
roster fighters who were found to have entered the Octagon would be
cut.

The UFC’s action spurred Tukhugov’s teammate, Khabib
Nurmagomedov
, to threaten to walk out on his UFC contract,
pointing out the apparent double standard of the UFC’s lenient
stance on McGregor and Lobov when the Irishman attacked the bus
Nurmagomedov was on back in April ahead of his fight at UFC
223.

Johnson broke a three-fight losing streak in August when he beat
Andre
Fili
via split decision. “The Menace” will certainly provide a
stern test for Lobov, as he has victories over three current top-10
lightweights including Dustin
Poirier
and Edson
Barboza
and is the only fighter to have beaten Tony
Ferguson
inside the Octagon.

Lobov has lost two straight, most recently a unanimous decision to
Fili back in October 2017. “The Greatest of All-Time” had been
scheduled to face Alex
Caceres
at UFC 223 in April, but that fight was pulled due to
Lobov’s involvement in the bus attack.

Lobov versus Johnson will be the co-main event in Moncton on Oct.27
as part of UFC Fight Night 138 which will be headlined by light
heavyweight contenders Volkan
Oezdemir
and Anthony
Smith
.



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