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Former Invicta FC champion Barb Honchak says she was released by UFC
[DOUBLEPOST=1549380728,1549379570][/DOUBLEPOST]One of the best women’s flyweight fighters to ever put on the gloves is no longer with the world’s biggest MMA promotion.
Barb Honchak has been released by the UFC, the fighter confirmed Monday night with MMA Fighting after a report by The Body Lock. Honchak, the former Invicta FC women’s 125-pound champion, said the UFC informed her in August, but the news hasn’t been public until now.
Back in July, Honchak fell to Roxanne Modafferi by second-round TKO at the TUF 27 Finale. She had previously dropped a very tight split decision to Lauren Murphy at the TUF 26 Finale in December 2017.
Honchak, 39, did advance to the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter 26 tournament in 2017, beating Gillian Robertson and Rachael Ostovich to get there. Honchak was beaten in the semis by eventual TUF winner and first UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montaño. Robertson and Ostovich are both still signed to the UFC.
Honchak (10-4) went 9-0 between 2011 and 2014 with victories over the likes of Modafferi, Nina Ansaroff, Leslie Smith, Felice Herrig and others. The former Miletich Fighting Systems product held the Invicta flyweight title in 2013 and 2014, defending it twice before a sabbatical from the sport prior to her re-emerging for TUF 26.
As far as the future, Honchak told MMA Fighting she’s still figuring it out. In the meantime, she said she’s coaching and training at her gym in Washington state.
Artem Lobov is ‘one of the most successful fighters in the world,’ will make your fans scream for seven figures
Artem Lobov was recently granted his release from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after filing a request to the promotion late last year. Something, I’m sure, that will make Colby Covington and Fabricio Werdum jealous.
Since then, “The Russian Hammer” has been trying to pick fights in all aspects of hand-to-hand combat, including mixed marital arts (MMA), kickboxing and boxing. While he has yet to lock up a fight or a contract, Lobov says the offers are rolling in non-stop. Including one from Bellator MMA.
“Yes they were one of the first (with an offer). Right now I am sort of collecting all of the offers, well my management. They are considering all the offers. No offer is too big or too small. So whoever else is out there, send them all my way and we will see what happens,” revealed Artem on a recent interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
According to Artem, the offers he has received are well over six figures, but he and his management team are playing the patience game and reviewing all offers available before putting pen to paper. That said, if a promotion is willing to fork over a seven-figure payday, they will win the sweepstakes, no discussions necessary.
“If someone wants to offer me a seven-digit number right now, I am happy to sign straight away and let’s call it a day. Forget all the discussions we can have. ‘The Russian Hammer’ will make all of your fans scream for whatever organization decides to do that.”
Admittedly, Lobov says the offers he has received are not as close to seven figures as he would like, but is confident he will get there within a year. Despite his less-than stellar run with UFC — going 2-5 and dropping his last three in a row — Artem says he is one of the most successful fighters in the world.
“What do you call success in our sport? What determines success? Are you successful if you are 10-0 and no one is watching your fights? Is that success? trust me, your bank account will say otherwise,” he explained.
“Now that I’ve been in this sport for so long, I know this now more than ever what success is, it’s how many people re watching your fights. If no one is watching, it doesn’t matter what else you are achieving, you are not successful. If people are watching your fights and they care about what you do then that is success to me. As far as I'm concerned, I am one of the most successful fighters in the world.”