Artem Lobov vs Teruto Ishihara
BELFAST, Northern Ireland– Artem Lobov neutralized Teruto Ishihara early then whipped him late to take unanimous-decision victory.
Regardless of being dropped in the final round of an otherwise dominant performance, Lobov (12-12-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) rebounded to declare the win over a video game Ishihara (9-3-2 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) by scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
The featherweight bout opened the primary card these days’s UFC Fight Night 99 event at SSE Arena Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The entire event streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
Lobov’s success in this fight was based in big part on managing the range versus Ishihara. As Lobov backed Ishihara into the fence and aimed to land his heavy right hand, he handled to avoid charging into Ishihara’s hazardous left as other opponents have actually done.
The exception came in the final round. After managing Ishihara and negating his offense in the very first two frames, a tough left hand from Ishihara sent Lobov crashing to the flooring midway through the 3rd.
But instead of trying to finish his opponent with a flurry of strikes, Ishihara rather chose to go voluntarily into Lobov’s guard, maybe due to sheer exhaustion, and there found his momentum stalled.
Lobov would get better late in the round, nearly securing an arm-triangle choke before taking Ishihara’s back and damaging him with punches prior to the horn.
When the judges had their say, all 3 offered the fight to Lobov, with 2 of them offering him every round.
Lobov’s win offers him a two-fight winning streak, his very first such streak because concerning the UFC. Ishihara’s loss snaps his own two-fight streak, handing him his first defeat since 2014.