Artem Lobov’s MMA Return Canceled Due To COVID-19

Artem Lobov was supposed to make his MMA return on December 12 but that is no longer the case.

Lobov was set to compete under the Arena Fighting Championship banner. He was going to share the cage with Ylies Djiroun in Marsiglia, France. The event has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Lobov made the reveal when speaking to The Mac Life.

“I woke up this morning to the bad news. I got a phone call from the promoter saying that’s it, the show is cancelled. I was gutted of course, the camp wasn’t easy as it is between injuries and this and the other and COVID but I got it done, as I always do and was looking forward to putting on a great show.”

Lobov admitted that he was hoping for another payday but he plans to be back in action next year.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the payday but what can you do, life goes on. I will rebuild, I will recover and I will be back stronger than ever. I know that the promoters tried to do everything. They already moved the fight; it was supposed to be in France and they moved it to Belgium, paid for the venue, paid for a lot of the flights for the fighters already. They took a big hit, especially as this was their first show. It’s been a huge hit for them as well.

“I know I will recover and keep pushing forward. We will get that fight done in the new year and I will get that belt — and that paycheque! Thank you very much to everyone for their support and understanding. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.”

Lobov hasn’t been in an MMA bout since October 27, 2018. He has, however, competed in bare-knuckle boxing.

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