Artem Lobov was scheduled to return to the world of MMA on December 12 at Arena Fight 2. However, it has been reported by Al Zuillini of Tapology that this event has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Sources within the promotion have confirmed this cancellation, but have asked to remain anonymous. The organization is expected to make an official announcement in the coming hours.
“The Russian Hammer” was set to make his long-awaited return to the cage under MMA rules for the first time since October 27, 2018, where he took Michael Johnson to a unanimous decision loss in the co-main event.
January of 2019, Lobov asked for his release from the UFC after going 2-5 in the promotion along with placing as a runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter 22 tournament. He would go on to sign with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and wage wars with the likes of Jason Knight (x2) and Paulie Malignaggi in a 3 fight contract.
It was revealed earlier this year that the SBG veteran had signed with new French promotion, Arena Fighting Championship. He was set to fight Ylies Djiroun for the AFC Lightweight Title in his promotional debut before the cancellation of the event.
Arena Fight 2 also featured the likes of UFC veterans, Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, Chris Barnett, and Fabio Maldonado. It also includes TUF 22 teammate and familiar foe, Mehdi Baghdad.
Arena Fight Championship will reschedule for a later date.