On Saturday night, a clash between former UFC veterans saw Artem Lobov defeat Mississippi native Jason Knight by unanimous decision (48-47 X 2, 48-46) to win the main event of “BKFC 5” on Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss..
Knight started off fast, knocking down Lobov just 10 seconds in to round one. However, Lobov quickly popped up and came back to knock down Knight later in the first frame, again in round two, and for a third time in round three. The fourth and fifth stanzas showcased furious exchanges with both fighters leaving every ounce of themselves in the ring.
“I thought he was conquered many times,” said Lobov. “I dropped him three or four times. He’s a tough, tough kid. He kept coming and coming. That was a great fight.”
The win by Lobov sets the stage for a potential showdown with former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi, who also signed on with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
Earlier this week, the two fighters had a face to face confrontation at a media event – which resulted in a war of words and Malignaggi slapping Lobov across the face before a scuffle broke out.
Lobov, who is very close friend and sparring partner of Malignaggi’s heated rival Conor McGregor, plans to do a lot of damage to the retire boxer when they face each other.
“Malignaggi is a little p*ssy who plucks his eyebrows. I’m going to spark him. I’m a real fighter and I’m going to fight Paulie in a real fight. I want to make money for it. He knows I’m down. If you’re a real fighter, let’s fight in the ring,” Lobov said.
“Let’s be honest, Paulie doesn’t want to fight me on the street, because he knows I’d tear him apart in seconds. But I want to prove myself in the boxing ring. That’s why I’m doing this. I want Paulie safe until the day I can finally put my hands on him.”