Artem Lobov believes Conor McGregor was very close and very determined to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 222.
Last week, The Irish Superstar claimed that he had the strong intention to step in against the injured Featherweight champion Max Holloway to fight in the main event of the evening. Ali Abdelaziz, Edgar’s manager, claimed Conor wanted a new 165-pound title fight. However, Artem Lobov believes The Mystic Mac was ready to go. (quoted by MMAFighting.com)
“(It was) very close (to happening)…very, very close,” Lobov told Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA Hour. “It was real, 100 percent. Conor was ready to go, we were gathering the troops already, we were ready to go.”
Artem Lobov heavily claims that Conor McGregor had the serious intentions and he had already put plans:
“We were planning what we were going to do; we were just going to fly out to Vegas straightaway to do a short little camp. Plans were in place and everything — everything was ready to go,” he explained.
“Conor wanted to fight. I was talking to him the whole time and he was ready to go and show the world what he can do.”
Artem Lobov also commented McGregor’s statement, where he says UFC prevented him from fighting because the promotion of the event would not be adequate:
“To the best of my knowledge, UFC wasn’t really all for it because it was really short notice and it wouldn’t give enough time to build the fight. From what I heard, that was the main reason for it,” he said.