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Photos: Lobov Stuns Paulie Malignaggi in Bare Knuckle Fight

UFC veteran Artem Lobov defeated former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi via unanimous decision in the main event of the most talked about bare knuckle fight to date in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship “BKFC 6: The Line is Drawn.” (Photos by Phil Lambert).

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The 154-pound fight was a perfect storm of drama as Malignaggi’s longstanding “beef” with UFC mega-star Connor McGregor led him to facing McGregor’s stable mate and friend Lobov in Lobov’s second straight BKFC fight.

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Brooklyn’s Malignaggi and Lobov, came to blows in the ring after several months of back-and-forth animosity between them on social media and in person. Both fighters showed their own strengths throughout the fight by trying to strategically outperform the other in what was a close battle in front of a sold out crowd of 4,500 enthusiastic fans from Florida Expo Hall in Tampa live on pay-per-view.

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Malignaggi and Lobov showed their resistance to engage immediately, with Malignaggi confusing Lobov with his defense and foot speed. As the fight evolved, Lobov continued to come forward and pressure Malignaggi and although Maliganggi landed jabs and check hooks, it only seemed a matter of time before Lobov’s pressure got the best of him. Lobov continued to throw punches at closer range, which allowed the Russian Irishman to land more shots. By the third round Malignaggi was cut and on his heels as the momentum had swung to Lobov.

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As the action increased in rounds four and five, Lobov began the aggressor and scored the more effective punches. In the end, the judges scored the contest for Lobov 48-47 unanimously.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Curtis Harper on 06-24-2019

Paulie Pillowfists....hopefully this ppv event ( :lol1: ) was a successful one and he can go away forever.

Comment by Bobby Shaw on 06-23-2019

[QUOTE=MrShakeAndBake;19852717]Paulie schooled nothing, look at the state of his face.. He got embarrassed and got on the bike for the remaining 4th and 5th rounds...Was not engaging at all, thats why he lost.. Embarrassing tbh.[/QUOTE] Paulie won that fight easy…

Comment by Kannabis Kid on 06-23-2019

I thought Paulie won but it was a close fight after that 2nd round he never threw his right hand so I knew he broke it but he basically outboxed Lobov with a jab and check hook lol either way…

Comment by lowblows420 on 06-23-2019

Loads of ppl in the BKFC Floyd could whoop on...in the boxing ring lol. If Floyd fought bare knuckle he would probably get knocked out in a clinch

Comment by cameltoe on 06-23-2019

Scored as a boxing match Malignaggi won that fight. Unfortunately the rules are different here and I’m not sure the judges would favour clean work, ring generalship and defence over sheer meathead aggression. Malignaggi could have taken the fight to…

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