The heated rivalry between former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi and former UFC veteran Artem Lobov came to a violent conclusion at BKFC 6 in Tampa Bay.
Malignaggi, a former IBF junior welterweight and the WBA welterweight champion, previously signed an exclusive contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship in order to challenge Lobov, one of the main training partners Conor McGregor.
But when the two finally locked horns inside the BKFC squared circle, the outcome wasn’t what most fans expected as Lobov edged out a narrow decision over Malignaggi on judges’ scorecard.
Check out the reaction to victory below, plus the best of the rest from an action-packed card at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Artem Lobov def. Paulie Malignaggi
Congrats @RusHammerMMA #ArtemLobov— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) June 23, 2019
Paulie ran and through one punch at a time . What was that ... #BKFC6— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 23, 2019
Good shit @RusHammerMMA— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) June 23, 2019
Congrats to Artem. Honestly, he deserved to win. @BrutalBedford performance of the night!— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) June 23, 2019
— Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) June 23, 2019
#BareKnuckleBoxing has absolutely entertained me more than any other fights this weekend. Impressed with #pauliemalignaggi clinchwork neutralizing any dirty boxing. Does this set up @TheNotoriousMMA nxt?#LobovMalignaggi #BKFC6 @PaulMalignaggi @RusHammerMMA— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) June 23, 2019
For as much as @PaulMalignaggi was talking he fought like crap #bkfc6 the #goat won this fight @RusHammerMMA hands down— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) June 23, 2019
Win or lose this is embarrassing for Paulie cause he should be out classing Artem and definitely isn't— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) June 23, 2019
Wait did Paulie just say Artem didn’t land any shots while his face is so messed up— Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) June 23, 2019
Ya know Paulie doesn’t talk enough— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) June 23, 2019
June 23, 2019
Is it safe to say mma fighters are better at bare knuckle boxing than boxers? #BKFC6— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 23, 2019
The Best Of The Rest:
OOOO, shit! #BKFC6— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 23, 2019
Violence is on deck! #TheMexicutioner #BKFC6— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 23, 2019
The Diesel Joe Riggs making his walk #BKFC6 @bareknucklefc @FiteTV— Cris Cyborg on Youtube (@criscyborg) June 23, 2019
Be pretty funny if Conor was in Paulies corner , plot twist hahah— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) June 23, 2019
Let’s go @BrutalBedford— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) June 23, 2019
Let’s go @BrutalBedford get that @bkfc6live belt !— Ed Herman (@EdHermanufc) June 23, 2019
You got it Johnny @BrutalBedford! *Ernie Reyes' voice* #AndNew #BKFC6— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 23, 2019
Tarver just said not alot of technique here lol— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) June 23, 2019
We all are... #BKFC6 https://t.co/8ggLu0iiIy— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 23, 2019