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Conor McGregor reacts to Artem Lobov’s Bare Knuckle FC 5 win

While Conor McGregor didn’t show up in Biloxi to cheer on his mate Artem Lobov, he did take to Twitter afterward to congratulate him on his gutsy decision win.

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Conor McGregor is no stranger to post-event Tweet storms. With no fight signed and nothing to do but hawk his Proper 12 whiskey, the former double champ has taken to hitting social media after every UFC pay-per-view (PPV) to congratulate fighters and tease a return.

Now, he’s back on Twitter to big up his long-time training partner and good friend Artem Lobov, who earned a hard-fought bare knuckle boxing decision win against Jason Knight at Bare Knuckle FC 5 (watch highlights here).

”What an animal!” McGregor wrote. “Proud of you, Artem Lobov! Amazing fight. Paulie’s nice and quiet all of a sudden and that’s not like him haha.”

McGregor is referring to Paulie Malignaggi, his scorned former sparring partner who has parlayed his hatred for McGregor into an upcoming fight with Conor’s pal Artem at the next BKFC event in June. They even got into it leading up to Lobov’s fight with Knight, with Malignaggi slapping Lobov at a fight week event. But, if a fight’s going to happen, Bare Knuckle FC better be prepared to pay.

”We want a new contract for the Russian Hammer for this next bout!” McGregor declared. “It has been earned and now deserved!”

And earned it has. Lobov shared photos from the aftermath of his bout and by God does bare knuckle boxing ever mangle its participants. Lobov’s face was cracked open in multiple places from gloveless punches, making us wonder whether he’ll even be cleared to fight come June 22, 2019, when Bare Knuckle FC wants him to face Malignaggi.

The only person looking worse than Lobov was his opponent Jason Knight, who looked like Chucky from Child’s Play. McGregor threw some props out to him as well, and hey ... well deserved props at that.

”What a great showing, Jason Knight,” Conor wrote. “Big respect!”

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