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\u2019s 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) \u201c(It was) very close (to happening)\u2026very, very close,\u201d Lobov told Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA Hour. \u201cIt was real, 100 percent. Conor was ready to go, we were gathering the troops already, we were ready to go.\u201d Artem Lobov heavily claims that Conor McGregor had the serious intentions and he had already put plans: \u201cWe 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 \u2014 everything was ready to go,\u201d he explained. \u201cConor 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.\u201d Artem Lobov also commented McGregor\u2019s statement, where he says UFC prevented him from fighting because the promotion of the event would not be adequate: \u201cTo the best of my knowledge, UFC wasn\u2019t really all for it because it was really short notice and it wouldn\u2019t give enough time to build the fight. From what I heard, that was the main reason for it,\u201d he said.