Conor McGregor is set to be sued for a second time by his former friend and sparring partner Artem Lobov, who he recently called a “rat” on social media.
According to the Irish Independent, Lobov claims McGregor embarked on a ‘concerted social media barrage’ with the intention of harassing, intimidating and defaming him after he filed a lawsuit over Proper Twelve. Whiskey last month.
After a few days of silence, McGregor took to Twitter with an unflattering song about Lobov taking him to court.
“Artem is a rat, na na na na! Hey! Na na, na na! Hey! Artem is a rat, na na na na. Hey! Rat,” he chanted.
Lobov also claims that McGregor’s father, Tony, harassed him directly through Instagram, which Notorious referenced during his various social media rants about Lobov.
The 36-year-old has since set out his allegations in an affidavit filed with the Commercial Court, as he seeks further damages “including defamation”.
McGregor and Lobov publicly fell out when “The Russian Hammer” claimed he had played a central role in the creation of Proper Twelve before being kicked out of the company.
“A few people know that, but it was actually my idea. It was me who came up with the idea to make a whiskey for Conor,” he told talkSPORT in August.
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“Once the deal was ready, I went to Conor and said, ‘Conor, I’ve got the deal ready for you. This is going to be a billion dollar deal, no mess. I don’t know if he took me seriously or not at the time with the billion dollars.
Just over a year ago, McGregor and two other investors sold their shares in Proper Twelve for $600 million. [£503million] and the UFC star thus became the richest man in the sport.
Lobov’s original lawsuit claims there was a deal that entitled him to 5% of the $180m [£151million] McGregor made the sale – but the MMA icon denies ever making the deal.
An affidavit filed by McGregor’s attorney claims Lobov said in 2019, “I swear on my child’s life that I will not take a penny out of the whiskey deal.”
McGregor and Lobov’s legal battle will most likely drag on for the majority of 2023, which will hopefully see the former two-weight UFC champion return to action after a lengthy layoff.
The Irishman has been sidelined since July 2021 due to injury but is now fully recovered and says he will book a fight in February as long as his ongoing issue with the scouting agency UFC drugs don’t get in the way.