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Aug. 8, 2022

Artem Lobov - The Russian Hammer

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Gary brings another inspiring guest to the show: Artem Lobov. A former MMA fighter and boxer, Artem is taking the opportunity of an early retirement to not only protect his health, but explore who he is outside of the sport. This includes writing a book about his life, starting a clothing brand, and getting into the whiskey business - which he sees as a way of giving back to Ireland, his home since he was a teenager. Gary and Jay also talk with Artem about the misconceptions and extremes of fighting as a sport. The key takeaway lesson from Artem to our academics? Go all in!

Episode Highlights

🧬 Fighting is in our DNA

💪 MMA vs Bare-knuckle boxing

⏰ Early Retirement

🥃 Whiskey!

👕 Designing a clothing brand


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Artem Lobov - The Russian Hammer

Professional Mixed Martial Artist and Boxer

Artem Lobov (Russian: Артём Лобов; born August 11, 1986) is a Russian former professional mixed martial artist and boxer based in Ireland who previously competed in the Featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and who has most recently competed in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. A professional since 2010, Lobov was also a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber; he has competed for the ACB, Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the British promotions Cage Warriors and Cage Contender. Fighting out of Dublin, he is a member of SBG Ireland.