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Artem Lobov granted release from UFC

UFC 202 Weigh-ins Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Artem Lobov’s time with the UFC has come to an end.

On Tuesday afternoon, “The Russian Hammer” took to Twitter to announce he was no longer a member of the promotion he has called home for the last three years, while offering his services to several rival MMA promotions as well as kickboxing promotion Glory.

MMA Fighting later confirmed the validity of his tweets.

In a twist, Lobov also set his sights on boxers Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi, the latter of which has been embroiled in a feud with Lobov’s SBG Ireland teammate, and former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.

In terms of competition, Lobov (13-15-1, 1 NC), a finalist during Season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter, was last seen coming up short against Michael Johnson in October. This setback pushed Lobov’s losing streak to three straight, which also included decision losses Cub Swanson and Andre Fili. To date, his last victory came in the form of a unanimous decision over Teruto Ishihara in November 2016.

He leaves the UFC with a record of 2-5 inside the Octagon.