“They didn’t keep a promise” – Zabit Magomedsharipov HITS OUT at the UFC’s mistreatment that forced him to retire early


“They didn’t keep a promise” – Zabit Magomedsharipov HITS OUT at the UFC’s mistreatment that forced him to retire early

Zabit Magomedsharipov

In news that broke earlier this year, Zabit Magomedsharipov, the highly touted UFC fighter from Dagestan retired to pursue the profession of medicine. The news took the MMA media and fanbase back, as it was hard to foresee why such a promising fighter would give up something that fulfills his talent, and promises him a bright future. It seems like some of those questions have been answered by the Russian himself.

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One only needs to take a brief glance at his record to understand why the news was a shocker for everyone. Zabit’s last fight came in 2019, against then-rising American Featherweight Calvin Kattar, who famously beat Giga Chikadze this year, only to lose to Josh Emmett in June.

Till his retirement, Zabit Magomedsharipov possessed an 18-2 record. What stands out on his record is his lack of losses, and his arsenal of weapons that he used to mix up his style, delivering 18 wins. Additionally, he was on an emphatic 14 win-streak.

Before beating Kattar, Zabit had triumphed over Jeremy Stephens, Brandon Davis, Kyle Bochniak and Sheymon Moraes.

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Zabit Magomedsharipov talks about his life after retirement

Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Jeremy Stephens
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Jeremy Stephens

Until now, we had all feared health and other professional callings to be the primary reason for the career switch of Zabit. In a recent video that has been posted online, the Russian fighter himself clears the air about what had been on fight fans’ minds for a long time.

Despite his long absences from the octagon, Zabit explained that “The main reason was that I was not able to fight. They didn’t give me a title shot. They promised one thing and did another. They promised me and didn’t keep a promise. That was the main reason why I got mad.”

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Magomedsharipov showed his frustration with the promotion in the words he used to explain his situation, despite also being clear about the fact that he was plagued with a career-ending medical issue. While being asked if there was a window for coming back, he firmly said, “No!” while chiming in, at the same time, that he will “think about the question.

Meanwhile, Zabit also expressed his desire to coach young fighters, saying that “It is interesting for me to work with children. Not adults, just children. To teach them.”

Zabit Magomedsharipov remains in the history books a fighter who retired too early, irrespective of the reason for doing so. Being only 28 when he last fought, the question to be asked is not whether he made the right choice, but if we saw another Dagestani retire too early from the sport, leaving the true nature of his fully developed skill-set in question.

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