‘The Notorious’ and Lobov used to be close friends and longtime training partners. Unfortunately, money has ruined their friendship as ‘The Russian Hammer’ sued McGregor for lack of compensation regarding Proper Twelve Whiskey.
McGregor began verbally attacking Lobov on social media after the lawsuit became public. ‘The Russian Hammer’ then sued ‘The Notorious’ again for defamation. Since then, the cases have reportedly ended, with the former two-division UFC champion emerging victorious. He had this to say about his former training partner suing him in a since-deleted tweet:
“Well there ya go Stuart Little. You now owe me two major court appearance fees. Stop this nonsense. You are making a holy show of yourself. Peel it back day by day, if you can even. That’s coming from the “old friend, woudladone anything for you” in me mate. God bless.”
Lobov has been ordered to pay McGregor’s legal fees. There was once a time when the SBG Ireland teammates seemed inseparable. It’s unlikely they will reconcile anytime soon after ‘The Notorious’ continues to harass his former training partner on social media.
What’s next for Conor McGregor?
Conor McGregor has been inactive since losing for a second consecutive time against Dustin Poirier in August 2021. Things went from bad to worse for McGregor when he suffered a gruesome ankle injury at UFC 264, leading to a lengthy recovery process.
McGregor is now nearing his Octagon return. The only obstacle left is USADA’s approval. ‘The Notorious’ removed himself from the USADA testing pool while recovering from his injury. The drug-testing agency requires six months of clean samples before fighting. With that said, the former two-division UFC champion is hoping to get an exemption, which is offered in rare scenarios.
‘The Notorious’ wants to return in the first quarter of 2023, but that could be pushed back depending on USADA. Once McGregor returns, he has several options for his opponent. The 34-year-old plans to fight at welterweight after adding muscle mass over the last year.
Rafael dos Anjos called out McGregor after his recent win, but the former two-division UFC champion seems to have other opponents in mind. The most common opponent suggestions have been Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje, and Tony Ferguson. ‘The Notorious’ has interest in fighting Poirier again, but the UFC likely has other plans.