Zabit Magomedsharipov (31) has informed the UFC of his retirement, therefore confirming what was largely speculated in the public for some time, mainly because of his health issues.

His last match was against Calvin Kattar in 2019. He won by UD and later scheduled a fight against Yair Rodriguez. That fight didn’t take place because Yair pulled out of the fight due to an injury.

On Instagram, Magomedsharipov talked about the reasons behind the retirement:

“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!”

Magomedsharipov (18-1) becomes one of the biggest “what if’s” in the sport, and he now aims to become a doctor.