Artem Lobov Beats Paulie Malignaggi via Unanimous Decision at Bare Knuckle FC 6

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 23, 2019

TAMPA, FL - JUNE 22: Artem Lobov catches Paulie Malignanni with a left hand during the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships at Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall on June 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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Artem Lobov defeated Paulie Malignaggi via unanimous decision (48-47 on all three judges' cards) at Bare Knuckle FC 6 on Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Bay.

Lobov, a mixed martial artist who has competed at three different weight classes, has now won both of his bare-knuckle boxing fights. He defeated Jason Knight at Bare Knuckle FC 5 in April.

Malignaggi, a former professional boxer who compiled a 36-8 record and won the WBA welterweight title, made his bare-knuckle debut.

Lobov gave much credit to his opponent post-match:

MMAFighting.com @MMAFighting

Lobov: To me, there's many people out there that talk a lot of s--t and then they don't show up. Paulie shows up. You can like him or hate him, but as far as being a fighter he showed up for the spar and he showed up tonight to fight #BKFC6

He also said that his next goal is to become a bare-knuckle boxing champion, per MMA Fighting.

As for Malignaggi, he felt as though he won the close fight and has no plans to participate in bare-knuckle boxing again:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Maliganggi says he’s done with BK. He thinks he broke his right hand. He thinks he deserved to win the fight and apologized to everyone in the boxing community who told him he shouldn’t do this.

There's no love lost between the two fighters, as evidenced by when Malignaggi slapped Lobov at a Bare Knuckle FC 5 media day in April:

MMA Junkie @MMAjunkie

Woah! @PaulMalignaggi just slapped @RusHammerMMA and nearly started a brawl at @bareknucklefc media day 😳 https://t.co/DGaMCc6XO8

The two have a past revolving around MMA fighter Conor McGregor. Malignaggi was McGregor's former sparring partner prior to the McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match, and the two had a falling-out after photos of McGregor having the upper hand in their sessions leaked.

Malignaggi was reportedly unpleased, per Brian Campbell of CBSSports.com, and left the training camp in August 2017.

As for Lobov, he's close friends and Straight Blast Gym teammates with McGregor, from whom he received help before his latest bare-knuckle bout:

That guidance apparently worked, as Lobov moved to 2-0 in his bare-knuckle career.