Artem Lobov showed why UFC president Dana White gave him a second chance on the latest episode of "The Ultimate Fighter" this week with a vicious knockout over Team Faber fighter James Jenkins.
Lobov was originally eliminated from the show after a close decision with future teammate Mehdi Baghdad, but picking up the first knockout of the season was a great way to endear himself to the UFC.
Before the fight started this week, Lobov also made a challenge to Team Faber assistant coach and UFC featherweight Andre Fili, but according to the Russian born fighter, it wasn’t unprovoked.
"The reason I even called Fili out was because when we had that scuffle with Team Faber, what they don’t show you on the show, their guys and Fili especially, were screaming at our guys ‘come outside now and we’ll settle it right here and now.’ Obviously, we’re in the house and we don’t even have a UFC contract so I just felt that was a little big disrespectful," Lobov revealed on the latest TUF Talk podcast
"You wanted to fight us, so after the show let’s do it."
Actually once Lobov had a chance to think about it, the matchup Conor McGregor suggested where his teammate would face Urijah Faber was actually a more appealing fight after the show is finished.
Lobov has no love lost for the Team Alpha Male leader and he’d love to see him standing across the Octagon one day soon.
"Being honest, thinking about it now I’d rather fight Faber first just because he’s about five minutes away from a retirement home and just before he retires I’d love to give him a kick up the arse and send him a farewell," Lobov said. "That would be a good fight for me I think."
Lobov also addresses his fight from this week’s show, moving into the quarterfinals and Team McGregor getting on a roll with this latest episode.