Zabit Magomedsharipov commented on the decision to end his career: “Disruptions of fights, and then health problems”

Zabit Magomedsharipov commented on the decision to end his career

Russian mixed martial arts fighter Zabit Magomedsharipov explained his decision to retire on Instagram.

This spring, Zabit hinted on social networks to change the field of activity and become a doctor.

Zabit Magomedsharipov hasn’t spoken publicly about fighting for nearly two years.

While rumors circulated through Russian social media accounts he was done fighting for a variety of different reasons, not until recently did Magomedsharipov (18-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) officially inform the UFC of his decision to retire.

Thursday, Zabit Magomedsharipov released a statement on Instagram that shed light on the months leading up to his final decision, and why he ultimately decided to step away from professional mixed martial arts competition. His decision came despite his undefeated UFC record and status as a top title contender.

Magomedsharipov, 31, labeled health issues and canceled fights as the two main factors that pushed him in the direction of his final decision.

“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!”

Zabit Magomedsharipov, 31, hasn’t competed since a November 2019 victory over Calvin Kattar in Moscow.

He was scheduled to face Yair Rodriguez in August 2020, but was not rebooked after Rodriguez withdrew due to injury. Magomedsharipov departs the ranks of professional MMA on a 14-fight winning streak, unbeaten in the UFC.

Known for his flashy fighting style and wildly awkward and athletic maneuvers, Magomedsharipov earned four post-fight performance bonuses in six UFC appearances.

His victories in the UFC came against Mike Santiago, Sheymon Moraes, Kyle Bochniak, Brandon Davis, Jeremy Stephens and Kattar.

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