UFC Featherweight Contender Zabit Magomedsharipov Retires At 31
After a long break, Zabit Magomedsharipov officially announced his retirement.
The Russian featherweight fighter made his decision due to different health problems. He has retired at the age of 31.
After a source close to the fighter leaked his retirement plans and MMA Fighting confirmed the news, Magomedsharipov took to Instagram and gave his side.
“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!”
He had one of the best jiu jitsu and striking in the featherweight division. He had untouched winning streak and an undefeated record in the UFC.
His last, and final, outing was against Calvin Kattar, where he celebrated a unanimous decision victory after three rounds.
He fought six times in the UFC – all were dominant victories.
One of their best performances of his was against Brandon Davis when he earned victory via submission of Kneebar in the second round.
He was about to fight with Yair Rodriguez in 2020, but Rodriguez was out from the bout because of an injury.