Conor McGregor set to be sued for SECOND time after branding ex-pal Artem Lobov 'rat' in Proper No. Twelve whiskey row | The Sun

UFC megastar Conor McGregor is reportedly set to be sued for a second time by Artem Lobov after he branded him a “rat” in a row over Proper No. Twelve whiskey.

Notorious called his former friend the derogatory term for issuing proceedings seeking millions in connection with the development of the Irishman’s hugely successful Irish whiskey brand.


Lobov, a now retired Russian MMA fighter, is claiming McGregor embarked on “a concerted social media barrage” with the intent of harassing, intimidating and defaming him, according to The Irish Independent.

That was after the 36-year-old filed the legal claim in relation to Proper No. Twelve whiskey last month.

Lobov also alleged McGregor’s father Tony sought to harass him via Instagram.

The shock allegations came to light via the Commercial Court, with Lobov saying the pair’s alleged actions are subject of further proceedings, “not least for defamation”.

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McGregor shared a short voice note on Twitter last month where he repeatedly sang: “Artem is a rat, na na na na hey!”

The former two-weight UFC world champion has denied making an agreement to pay Lobov in connection with the whiskey deal.

The massive success of Proper No. Twelve helped to make McGregor, 34, the highest earning sports star in the world last year.

An affidavit filed by McGregor’s solicitor claims that in 2019 Lobov said: “I swear on my child’s life I will not take a cent out of the whiskey deal.”

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The Commercial Court has declined to enter the whiskey dispute onto its list, which will mean that the case will take place in another court and will not be fast-tracked.

Mr Justice Denis McDonald said that “the court’s scarce resources” and the fact there was “a significant lapse of time” between the whiskey deal and the issuing of the proceedings he was unable to enter it on his list.

Lobov’s solicitor Dermot McNamara said: “Mr Lobov notes the judge’s ruling and thanks him for his consideration of the application. He is now looking forward to his case progressing in the High Court chancery list instead and hopes the proceedings can be determined as soon as possible.”

Lobov, accompanied by McNamara and counsel Andrew Walker SC, was in attendance in court for the application.

McGregor was not present but opposed the application through his solicitor Michael Staines SC and counsel Remy Farrell SC on the grounds of “considerable delay”.

An affidavit filed by Staines alleged that Lobov was seeking to “leverage” the controversy between him and McGregor in order to publicise an upcoming book.

Lobov, who was a former sparring partner with McGregor, is suing for the specific performance of an agreement he alleges entitled him to a five per cent stake in Proper No. Twelve.

He alleges that he created the idea for McGregor’s whiskey brand and that he was assured by the icon, in front of three other witnesses: “Remember, 5pc is yours, no matter what.”

McGregor allegedly then offered to pay Lobov €1m but subsequently went back on the agreement as he told his foe last August that no such deal existed.

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McGregor is then alleged to have made €123m after he and two other shareholders sold their stake in the business to Proximo Spirits.

However, Lobov is claiming that he has received nothing even though he thought up the concept and that Attar only got involved when the idea was completed and Austin when it was fully developed.

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