Zabit Magomedsharipov has officially retired from MMA and has explained his reason to do so.
Magomedsharipov last fought back in 2019 in Moscow, Russia as he edged out a decision win over Calvin Kattar, and many thought he could’ve gotten a title shot or been just another win away. Yet, he stepped away from the sport in 2021 citing health concerns, and there was no telling if he was going to come back.
This week, he officially informed the UFC of his decision to retire, taking to Instagram to release a lengthy statement for his fans. According to the Russian, health issues and canceled fights played a key role in his retirement.
Zabit Magomedsharipov’s Decision to Retire from MMA
“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,” Magomedsharipov wrote. “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,” Magomedsahripov continued, “but I do not leave the sport. I have something and with whom to share my knowledge. So don’t say goodbye, friends!”
Zabit Magomedsharpiov’s UFC Career Notes
Zabit Magomedsharpiov ends his career with a record of 18-1 and ended it on a 14-fight win streak including going 6-0 in the UFC and being the former ACB featherweight champion.
In his UFC career, Magomedsharipov beat Mike Santiago and Sheymon Moraes by submission, then beat Kyle Bochniak by decision before submitting Brandon Davis. His final two fights were his most high-profile as he beat Jeremy Stephens and Kattar by decision, while Kattar was his first and only main event.