After recent reports that Lobov, a veteran MMA fighter who has been a longtime friend and training partner of the former two-division UFC champion, had filed a lawsuit seeking financial compensation from McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve whiskey brand, it’s clear the relationship between the two sides has further disintegrated.
McGregor took to social media on Tuesday and lashed out at Lobov, confirming that a lawsuit is indeed in motion, but offering a different solution. Lobov’s legal push is reportedly in pursuit of multi millions after claims he hasn’t received a fair share of revenue, and McGregor said the pair should settle it inside the gym.
In fact, McGregor made a former fight challenge (via Twitter):
This is callout to Artem ‘the fanny, furly-pad’ Lobov. I’m challenging you to a fight tonight, 10:30 p.m. at SBG Concord, and we’ll fight for the whole lot. We’ll fight for the whole lot. Going through and having lawyers message me about defamation and all this, suing and all. You’re a little blouse-mate. We’ll see you at SBG Concord tonight at 10:30 p.m. and we’ll fight you for the whole lot, yeah? Answer this f*cking callout, yeah, you little blouse.
While it’s clear there is fractions in their relationship, McGregor and Lobov were very close in the past. When Khabib Nurmagomedov confronted Lobov over and issue prior UFC 223 in Brooklyn, N.Y., McGregor and others traveled to the city and tried to get revenge in the infamous bus attack incident.
Additionally, McGregor has been cageside for many of Lobov’s fight during his UFC career.
Lobov has yet to respond to McGregor’s challenge at the time of this story.