Zabit Magomedsharipov He hasn’t spoken publicly about the fight in nearly two years.
While rumors circulated across Russian social media accounts that he was fighting for several different reasons, Magomedsharipov (18-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) did not officially inform the UFC until recently. His decision to retire.
Thursday, Magomedsharipov issued a statement on Instagram She sheds light on the months leading up to his final decision, and why he ultimately decided to walk away from a professional mixed martial arts competition. His decision came despite his undefeated UFC record and status as a title contender.
Magomedsharipov, 31, described health issues and called off the fights as two major factors that pushed him toward his final decision.
“Peace be upon you, friends! I know many of you have been waiting for my return, and there has not been a single day when no one has asked when my next fight will be. But I decided to end my professional sports career.
“Fight disturbances, then health problems – all this did not allow me to do / fight earlier. I have recovered now, but I do not feel the way I used to.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me for a long time. I did not have time to become a hero, but I think, even without this, I hope to be able to please you / entertain you))
“I have not ceased to be an active athlete, but I do not quit sports. I have something and with whom I share my knowledge.
“So don’t say goodbye, friends!”
Magomedsharipov, 31, has not competed since his November 2019 victory over Calvin Kathar in Moscow. He was scheduled to face Yair Rodriguez in August 2020, but was not rebooked after that Rodriguez withdrew due to injury. Magomedsharipov leaves the professional MMA ranks in a 14 fight winning streak, unbeaten in the UFC.
Known for his flashy fighting style and highly awkward athletic maneuvers, Magomedsharipov earned four performance awards after fighting in six UFC matches.
His Ultimate Fighting Championship victories came against Mike Santiago, Shimon Moraes, Kyle Bushniak, Brandon Davis, Jeremy Stevens and Train.
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