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19th Nov 2016

Watch as Conor McGregor storms the Octagon to celebrate Artem Lobov’s UFC Belfast win

The Notorious was thrilled for his training partner

Ben Kiely

Conor McGregor wasn’t even fighting at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast – but that didn’t stop him from becoming the centre of attention.

‘The Notorious’ sealed an incredible victory over Eddie Alvarez last weekend at UFC 205 in New York to add the lightweight title to his featherweight crown, but this week he was a spectator as his training partner Artem Lobov beat Japanese fighter Teruto Ishihara in Northern Ireland.

And McGregor could not resist jumping into the Octagon to celebrate with his friend.

In the fight itself, Lobov picked up where he left off in his last fight against Chris Avila at UFC 202 with another completely dominant striking battle against up and coming Japanese fighter Teruto Ishihara.

Ishihara was confident entering into this bout, having yet to taste defeat inside the UFC’s Octagon. However, Lobov sapped his confidence by controlling the range with his super-aggressive style leaving his opponent looking very uncomfortable on the feet.

As Lobov pressed forward and backed Ishihara into the fence looking to find home with that forceful right haymaker, he artfully dodged most of his opponent’s counters, particularly that trusty left hand that has proved to be his go-to weapon in the past.

Ishihara was never in the fight in the first two rounds, but it looked liked the tide may have been beginning to turn in the final frame when he dropped the SBG man with a vicious left hand.

Lobov went crashing down to the canvas and Ishihara followed him down to try to land some ground and pound. However, he found himself caught inside Lobov’s guard where Lobov tied him up and wore him down until they got the fight back standing again.

Lobov recovered well, while it became clear that Ishihara’s gas tank had become depleted. The Russian Hammer finished with a huge takedown against the fence and almost locked in an arm-triangle choke before opting to take his back instead before peppering him with punches on the ground.

Lobov was awarded the unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), but the result was never in doubt. His teammate, UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor, jumped into the Octagon before the official announcement was made to congratulate the victor.

The result means Lobov now has back-to-back wins under his belt for the first time since 2013.

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