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Artem Lobov shows off gruesome scars of war after debut Bare Knuckle win (GRAPHIC)

Artem Lobov shows off gruesome scars of war after debut Bare Knuckle win (GRAPHIC)
'The Russian Hammer' Artem Lobov kicked off his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship career with a hard-earned decision win over fellow former UFC star Jason 'The Kid' Knight, but as his pics show, he didn't come out unscathed.

The Ireland-based Russian fighter took on Knight in the main event of the Bare Knuckle FC 5 event at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.

And the pair went toe to toe for five full rounds in a bout that left men cut, battered and bruised after an action-packed contest that won the respect of those watching, as well as each other.

Lobov ran out the unanimous decision winner, earning scores of 48-47, 48-47 and 48-46 to claim the victory.

WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS 

The lead-up to Lobov's Bare Knuckle debut was overshadowed by a skirmish between The Russian Hammer and former two-division world boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi, who has also signed to the promotion.

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The pair look set to be on a collision course for a bout later this year after Malignaggi slapped Lobov during a media event earlier in the week.

The Bare Knuckle 5 event on Saturday night featured a host of former UFC stars who enjoyed a mixed night of results at the event.

Former castmate on The Ultimate Fighter Season 1, Chris Leben, claimed a 25-second knockout victory in the night's co-main event bout while another former TUF housemate, Johnny Bedford, earned a KO of his own in the fourth round of his contest.

It wasn't such a good night for former UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman, who fought opponent Sam Shewmaker to a split draw, despite winning all five rounds on one judge's scorecard. The overall scores read 50-45 (Sherman), 48-48 (Shewmaker), 48-48.

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