One of the sadder MMA news this week is certainly the retirement of Zabit Magomedsharipov (18-1, 6-0 UFC). The 31-year-old Dagestani is undefeated under the UFC, but life is taking him in the opposite direction. Since November 2019, Zabit has not entered the arena, and a little earlier this year, he announced that he would start studying at the medical school.
There was also speculation about the return, but Magomedsharipov made the final decision and explained the reasons for the withdrawal via Instagram.
''Assalamu alaikum friends!
I know that many of you were waiting for my return, there was not a single day that someone did not ask when is my next fight was. But I decided to end my pro sports career.
Disruptions of fights, and then health problems - all this did not allow me to perform/fight earlier.
I have recovered now, but I don't feel the way I used to.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me for such a long time. I didn’t have time to become a champion, but I think, even without this, I hope I was able to please/entertain you))
I cease to be an active athlete, but I do not leave the sport.
I have something and with whom to share my knowledge.
So don't say goodbye, friends!", Is the message of Zabita Magomedsharipova. The fighter of the lightweight category quickly attracted the sympathy of the fans, already upon his arrival in the UFC.
His attractive style attracted the interest of the spectators, and the victory against Brandon Davis was especially impressive. Zabit recorded that victory in the ninth month of 2018, and Davis ended with an unusual "submission" in the first round.
Sulo's stretch is the name of the procedure that Magomedsharipov performed on his opponent, and many remember how Aljaamain Sterling came to victory in such a way and at the same event. It’s a shame we didn’t get to Magomedsharip in a cage with fighters like Alexander Volkanovski, Max Holloway, or Yair Rodriguez, but what it is, there it is. God obviously has other plans for him.