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26th Oct 2018

Artem Lobov makes great gesture to Michael Johnson after missing weight

Jack O'Toole

SBG Featherweight Artem Lobov will give Michael Johnson his purse back after the American missed weight at the UFC Fight Night 138 weigh-ins in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada on Friday.

Johnson took the fight on less than two weeks notice after Lobov’s scheduled opponent Zubaira Tukhugov was removed from the fight for his involvement in the post-main event melee at UFC 229 between the Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor teams.

Johnson weighed in one pound over the 146 pound weight limit on Friday and therefore must forfeit 20% of his purse to Lobov for failing to make the required weight.

However, according to a report from ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, Lobov will try and return the 20% fine to Johnson after being impressed by his willingness to take the fight on such short notice.

Lobov said that he was willing to take the fight with Johnson due to extended inactivity but added that he really wants to fight Zubaira Tukhugov and says he will not rest until he meets him inside the Octagon.

“I’m only doing this (against Johnson) because I was already ready to go and I haven’t fought in a year,” the Russian told ESPN. “For many reasons, I have to take this fight. But make no mistake, I want Zubaira.

“We need this win, but I don’t feel the pressure. To me, this is one step closer to getting Zubaira back. There is nothing else on my mind. That’s the only thing I can even think of. I’m not going to rest, I’m not going to sleep, until I get him back.”