More than two and a half years have passed since Zabit Magomedsharipov's last appearance (18-1-0, 6-0 UFC). The 31-year-old Dagestani was known as one of the greatest potentials in the lightweight category, and he just came before the very top of the category.
In the eleventh month of 2019, Magomedsharipov unanimously defeated Calvin Kattar and broke through to a fourth place in the ranking of challengers. One win probably separated him from attacking the title, but Zabit didn’t perform again and it seems he never will again.
Numerous relevant sources have confirmed to world MMA portals that Zabit has informed the UFC of his definitive withdrawal from the sport. In a way, this decision was expected. Zabit has been out of the cage for too long, and in mid-2021, information emerged that Magomedsharipov had problems with his immune system and was facing dangerous surgery.
Coach Mark Henry claimed in the ninth month of 2021 that Zabit would be back soon, but no concrete progress has been made on the issue. At the end of the fourth month of this year, Zabit appeared on social networks, but with his announcement he made it known that he is starting to "chase" his career in medicine.
This MMA fighter was photographed in the "Doctors of the World" office of the humanitarian organization, and in the description of the photo, he wrote that the medical world in Makhachkala will soon receive reinforcements.
Ariel Helwani pointed out that Zabit will not return to the sport
“The biggest what-if of them all, maybe the greatest what-ifs in UFC history is Zabit… He just disappeared.
I’ve asked around… I don’t know if he is (coming back),” said Helwani. “From what I was told, he had like, almost like this moral religious dilemma that he was dealing with. He’s very religious, and I think he reached a point where he just didn’t wanna do it anymore.
“His brother fights, and he corners his brother, which I think is really interesting, but obviously everybody’s different. But that’s what I heard. He just reached a point where he was like, ‘No, this isn't for me.’ He might go down as one of the biggest what-ifs in UFC history because it looked like the ceiling was so high,” concluded Helwani.
It is a real shame that such a fighter is retreating before we have seen him against the best, but we believe that there are more than justified reasons. Zabit has obviously found himself in some other fields of life and we wish him all the best of luck, whatever he plans to do.