“The Biggest What If” – Zabit Magomedsharipov’s Latest Retirement Update Leaves Fans Wondering About Ex-UFC Star’s Potential

Published 12/28/2023, 8:06 AM EST

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After dominating the featherweight division, Zabit Magomedsharipov announced his retirement from the sport in 2022. While many fans still wonder why the 32-year-old announced his retirement at the peak of his career, Magomedsharipov seems to be enjoying his post-retirement life. A recent Instagram post by Espnmma and Sportscenter gave the fans a glimpse of their favorite fighter. 

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Every professional fighter must undergo rigorous training during their playing career to reach a certain level, which takes a toll on their body. However, it’s refreshing to see ” ZaBeast” enjoying nature post-retirement. Let us find out what the fans had to say about the ex-featherweight fighter. 

Fans share their opinion after seeing Zabit Magomedsharipov post-retirement


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Magomedsharipov retired from the sport at just 31 years of age and was in his prime. Before retiring from the sport, he boasted a record of 6-0 and was even considered by many as the best featherweight in the division. However, ” ZaBeast” was out of action long ago and fought last in 2019. While many believed he would return, the Russian shocked the world by announcing his retirement. 


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In a latest Instagram post, the fans saw the former featherweight fighter who seemed to be enjoying himself in nature. The fans seemed excited and shared their opinions regarding the fighter. Let us take a look at some comments below.


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One user commented:

“Better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war “

Another fan asked the question why did he retire:

“Why he retire. He’s living he’s best life”

One user reminded that what he actually is :

“The biggest what if career in the UFC”

Another user seemed happy seeing him and commented:

“Enjoying what Every man wishes I hope he enjoys his time off”

One user commented:

“Didn’t he retire to become a doctor “

Let us take a look at some more comments:

“Bro lived the life I wish I did’

“The man who could have saved 145”

As we go through the comments, we realize that the Russian fighter had the potential to become a featherweight champion. But how good was Magomedsharipov in his fighting days?


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Will ” ZaBeast” make a return to the Octagon ever? 

UFC Fight Night 163 was the last time the 31-year-old Russian took center stage in the Octagon. He fought against Calvin Kattar and won the fight via decision. However, Kattar is not the only fighter whom he defeated. ” ZaBeast” boasts a record of 18-1-0 in the UFC and featured in some of the best fights inside the Octagon. 

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While the Russian’s sudden retirement shocked the fans, the reason for his retirement hinted at receiving empty promises from the UFC. He never got a title shot, which prompted the fighter to announce retirement. However, things could have been different if Magomedsharipov had not announced retirement. Is the 31-year-old Russian the best featherweight in history? Will he return to the Octagon ever? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Written by:

Anirban Chatterjee


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I am Anirban, an MMA enthusiast with the opportunity to combine my fascination for the sport with my professional adventures as a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Apart from being a professional athlete, MMA and Soccer are sports that I have always enjoyed following. I am a huge fan of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, and Israel Adesanya.
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Debmallya Chakraborty




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