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Johnson praises Lobov for honoring UFC Moncton promise: ‘Respect was earned, hands down’

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TUF 12 alum Michael Johnson was forced to step in on short notice as an opponent for Artem Lobov at UFC Moncton’s co-headliner pairing late last month. “The Menace” tipped the scales at 147 pounds which warranted a fine, but Lobov was not too keen on taking that money from the get-go.

“I will say this: If he ends up not making weight, I will still take the fight, and I will let him keep his percentage because he took the fight on short notice,” Lobov told MMAjunkie during media day, one day before the weigh-ins.

“I’ll take (the money) and just give it to him.”

“The Russian Hammer” is apparently a man of his word, at least according to Johnson.

Lobov then issued a wordless response to Johnson’s kind words.

Johnson ended up winning the fight via unanimous decision, improving his win-loss slate to 19-13 (with 10 wins by stoppage). Lobov, meanwhile, is already on a three-fight losing streak, as he now holds a record of 13-15-1 (with 1 NC and six wins by stoppage).

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