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Artem Lobov pulled from UFC 223 after alleged involvement in Conor McGregor incident

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While the immediate aftermath of Conor McGregor’s incident following Thursday’s UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn, N.Y. remains chaotic, one thing became instantly clear: McGregor’s buddy, Artem Lobov, has been pulled from his UFC 223 fight with Alex Caceres.

In an impromptu press conference with a small gathering of reporters, UFC president Dana White said that Lobov, a Dublin-based fighter of Russian descent, was part of a crew of “20 people” who descended upon a van carrying fighters from the media day back to the host hotel.

Lightweight Michael Chiesa was hospitalized with lacerations after the mob threw objects at the van and shattered a windshield. On the bus was headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had gotten into an hotel altercation with Lobov yesterday.

“Artem’s off the card,” White told reporters. “Artem’s not fighting.”

Update: Sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that officials will not be finding a short-notice opponent for Caceres and thus he will not be competing on Saturday’s card. It is unknown whether Caceres will receive his show money for the bout.