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Artem Lobov vs. Chris Avila targeted for UFC 202

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

At UFC 202, the Diaz vs. McGregor rivalry will extend beyond the main event.

The UFC is working towards adding a featherweight fight between Artem Lobov and Chris Avila to the Aug. 20 card, MMA Fighting has learned.

The booking is an interesting one because Lobov is a good friend and training partner of McGregor, while Avila is a protégé of the Diaz brothers. Of course, McGregor vs. Nate Diaz is the main event of UFC 202.

Lobov (12-12, 1 NC), 29, is 0-2 in the UFC. After reaching the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 22, he lost to Ryan Hall in the finale and then Alex White in February.

The 23-year-old Avila (5-2) would be making his UFC debut. He's won three fights in a row and turned pro in 2014.

UFC 202 will take place at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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