‘Zabit is Tired of Fighting’ – Igor Lazorin Claims Zabit Magomedsharipov is Contemplating Retirement

Published 04/30/2021, 11:19 AM EDT
DALLAS, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Zabit Magomedsharipov of Russia celebrates after submitting Brandon Davis in their featherweight fight during the UFC 228 event at American Airlines Center on September 8, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


One of the best featherweight fighters in the world, Zabit Magomedsharipov, is allegedly thinking about retirement. The Russian fighter has been a mainstay in the UFC’s featherweight division since 2017 and has been a professional MMA fighter since 2012.

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‘ZaBeast’ last fought against Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar and won the fight via unanimous decision. That fight was back in 2019 and since then we haven’t seen the fighter back in action. Now, though, Igor Lazorin shared a post talking about Magomedsharipov and how the fighter is planning retirement.

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Lazorin wrote, “I spoke with close people of Zabit to understand how things are going. They say that Zabit is very likely to end his career and will not fight again.”

Zabit Magomedsharipov competed regularly since joining the UFC, although, after 2019, the fighter hasn’t been linked to any potential fight. “Long time without fights, no motivation, Zabit is tired of fighting – that’s what they say.”

Although Lazorin has talked to people close to the fighter. Magomedsharipov hasn’t himself yet announced anything. “We are waiting for what Zabit himself will say.” wrote Lazorin.

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Recently Magomedsharipov was even removed from the UFC featherweight rankings. The fighter was No.3 in the rankings but was recently removed and every other fighter moved one step up the rankings.

What’s next for Zabit Magomedsharipov?

ZaBeast was recently seen with former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, ‘The Eagle’ posted a picture of the two fighters with the caption saying, “With best featherweight in the world.”

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The former ACB Featherweight champion is an expert in Sanda, Wushu, Taekwondo, and Freestyle wrestling, and that could be something he could fall back on. Although, it seems unlikely that the fighter will quit MMA altogether and we might see him competing in some platform in the near future.

The fighter’s retirement news comes unexpectedly as he was on his way to get a title shot in the near future. Therefore, this retirement news and his removal from the UFC rankings seem a bit strange. Magomedsharipov is relatively young and it would be interesting to see what the fighter does if he decides to retire.

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What do you think, could Magomedsharipov’s removal from UFC rankings and his retirement talks be related, or will we see the fighter back in action soon?

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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