Conor McGregor pal Artem Lobov has ‘unsettled business’ with Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor’s training partner Artem Lobov insists their bitter feud with Khabib Nurmagomedov is far from over.

McGregor and Khabib’s fiery rivalry ignited when the latter and his entourage confronted Lobov backstage at UFC 223.

The Irishman, 31, quickly came to his team-mate’s defence, flying to New York and throwing a hand truck through the window of a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and his team.

Yet it was the Russian who came out on top when they met at UFC 229, retaining his lightweight title by forcing McGregor to tap out in the fourth round.

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The bad blood was not over, nevertheless, as Nurmagomedov followed up his victory by leaping out of the Octagon and attacking McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Dannis, before a member of his own team sucker punched his crestfallen opponent.

McGregor is desperate for a rematch with the 31-year-old, who is set to defend his title against Tony Ferguson next year, and Lobov believes there is still “unsettled business” between the two camps.

“Definitely, things are not fine,” he told Chael Sonnen .

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“There’s some unsettled business there, and I think in due course it will all be settled. But as of now, it’s definitely not. Not even close.”

Lobov is not fazed by the stick he has received from Khabib’s fans, stressing that it keeps his name relevant and his pockets deep.

“It’s Khabib’s fans obviously, I have a lot of Russian fans, myself, that support me – and obviously he has a lot of guys that support him,” he added.

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“So obviously his guys that support him, they always have a lot to say about me, but I don’t mind. It keeps my name in the headlines, it keeps my name in the Internet searches, and as a result, it keeps my salary nice and high.”

The 33-year-old has won 13 of his 30 MMA contests, losing 15, and was released by the UFC back in January.

Since then, Lobov has signed with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, recently picking up victories against UFC veteran Jason Knight and former two-weight boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi.

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McGregor has been dealt a huge blow in his bid to lock horns with Khabib for a second time.

After telling the former champion he must win 10 fights in order to face him again, Khabib recently revealed he is only “a couple of fights” away from retiring.

“My retirement is coming. A couple of fights more,” he said during a press conference in Moscow.

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“It would be wrong to talk about what I’m going to do after that because I’m currently working on different projects.

“I’ll work on them later. I won’t get lost for sure.”

The first of these potential farewell bouts looks likely to come against Ferguson, with UFC president Dana White recently expressing his desire for the two to meet in March or April of next year.

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