Former UFC featherweight Artem Lobov and former multiple division Boxing World Champion Paulie Malignaggi had been involved in a long, heated and intense rivalry for a while now, punching, pushing and even spitting at each other during stare downs, all f which culminated in a fight at BKFC. Lobov won a close fight on the judges’ scorecards. While Malignaggi did not agree with the scoring, both him and Lobov have found mutual respect for each other.
Lobov and Malignaggi both stated in recent interviews given to MMA Fighting, that they have respect for each other and have buried their beef now. Lobov even went as far as and claimed that he tips his hat to Paulie. Here’s what Lobov had to say:
I said this before, for me I will always respect the fighter that shows up, Paulie showed up to the spar. If you were to offer the same thing to many other boxers, they probably wouldn’t show up to the spar but he did and he did a full 12 rounds twice and he showed up again today. I take my hat off to him. He’s always been a fighter and he still is.
Malignaggi re-injured his hand during the fight, and he posted a picture of his injured hand and a long message on his Instagram account.
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Life is sometimes about being adventurous and trying new things. Many thought I was crazy for trying my hand at bare knuckle combat and while unfortunately I may not have been born with very durable hands, it is still an experience I get to look back on and say I lived it. People have always had very little expectations of me in my life but I can proudly say I've always fought my way to a better life. In life we all have obstacles and I've always been driven most when faced with adversity. In the end, despite my brittle hands (4 surgeries on my right hand) I have been able to accomplish more as mainly a 1 handed fighter than most fighters accomplish with 2 hands. And I did it with no shortcuts and having fought some amazing fighters, travelled to some amazing places and met some amazing people along the way. You always wonder if as you get older you still have the ability to dig down when things get tough. After 2 rounds Saturday night I sat in my corner now knowing I would be a 1 handed fighter for the remainder of this fight and I am proud I continued on and showed myself I still had a willingness to dig deep when faced with adversity as I found myself once again in a familiar predicament of having a damaged hand with a determined opponent across the ring coming to rip my head off yet now I was competing in a new form of combat. I assure you its not an enviable position but I'm glad I stayed true to myself as a man and as a fighter in the moment and continued to fight despite having to obviously adjust my strategy. Respect to @rushammer who always shows up to fight and give his best no mater what day or place or at what weight and respect to him for the fight on Saturday. Obviously I feel like I won the fight but that is in no way meant as a disrespect to him. I hope he can take the momentum he gained from this result and make plenty of money for himself and his family in his career . Here are some pics of my hands after Saturday nights fight . @bareknucklefc