Zabit Calls For Title Shot
After six straight wins since entering the Octagon, Zabit Magomedsharipov is calling dibs on being next in line for the UFC featherweight title.
The most recent win for the popular Russian fighter came in his native country on November 9th against Calvin Kattar by way of a dominant unanimous decision win.
“I knew he was a tough guy,” he said via a translator about Kattar following the ESPN+ card. “We didn’t expect him to block so much, so I had to kick him in the legs. This is what was different from our expectations.”
While Magomedsharipov coasted to a win, his slowing down in the third round opened the door for Kattar who was gunning for a finish and steal the win from the Russian.
“I got a little tired in the third round because I had an infection when I was in Thailand. I have to take antibiotics, so I think that influenced my performance,” Magomedsharipov said.
The win puts Magomedsharipov at 18-1 in his career with 14 straight victories, including the six he’s earned inside the Octagon. He’s also knocked off a pair of top 15 level opponents in back-to-back fights with Kattar and Jeremy Stephens.
With momentum on his side, Magomedsharipov made the most of his win by immediately calling for the next shot at the 145-pound title.
Reigning champion Max Holloway is preparing to face Alexander Volkanovski with the featherweight belt up for grabs at UFC 245 in December, and Magomedsharipov would like nothing more than to challenge the winner once the dust settles.
“I think it is going to be a very exciting fight; I can’t wait to see it,” Magomedsharipov said about Holloway vs. Volkanovski. “I will also be happy to face the winner of this upcoming fight.
“I think I fully deserve the title fight and after enough preparation, I should be more than ready to have a go at the title.”
Zabit may get his wish after the Max Holloway and Alex Volkanovski battle for the 145-pound title next month in the co-main event of UFC 245.
Report: MMA Fighting