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UFC Fans Left in ‘Pain’ After Russian Fighter Zabit Magomedsharipov Retires

Published 06/16/2022, 2:45 AM EDT

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An athlete’s decision to retire can be hard on fans. This was seen when ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov retired after facing Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Now, Zabit Magomedsharipov has announced his retirement.

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The featherweight fighter, who last fought in 2019, remains undefeated in the UFC and lost just one bout in his professional MMA career. As reported by ‘MMA Fighting‘, the Russian notified the promotion of his decision to retire. Hence, he walks away with a record of 18-1.


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This comes as sad news for many fans as people saw Magomedsharipov as someone who could become a champion. Thus, social media users reacted to the news and had several things to say.

KSWs Phil De Fries commented, “Good luck in whatever you decide next, amazing career.”

Referring to a popular meme, a social media user wrote, “Emotional damage.”

Another person wrote, “Whyyyy dude was the next big thing!”

A fan wrote, “Man, Zabit was one of those guys who seemed to have limitless potential. Sucks to see him go but it is what it is. His happiness is all that matters ultimately”.

A dejected fan wrote, “ALL I’VE EVER KNOWN IS PAIN”.

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“He was on his way to the top but health is first. Good luck and enjoy the retirement!” said an Instagram user.

A fight fan who wanted to see him in particular fights wrote, “Always wanted to see him vs Yair or even him and Max.”

Why did Zabit Magomedsharipov decide to retire?

Many fans have been speculating about the reason behind 31-year-old Magomedsharipov’s retirement. As reported by ‘Low Kick MMA‘, in an Instagram post, the athlete was seen seated under ‘Doctors of the World’ logo. In the caption, he had reportedly written, “the medical world of Makhachkala will soon have a new name.”


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Hence, many were of the opinion that ‘ZaBeast’ might be changing his career and becoming a doctor. Post this, media personality Ariel Helwani had mentioned on ‘The MMA Hour’ that the fighter might quit because of a religious dilemma.


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Thus, while fans are a little sad, many have been supportive of his decision. It would be interesting to see what Magomedsharipov decides to get into.


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Written by:

Rohini Kottu


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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.
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Reubyn Coutinho