Manager: Zabit Magomedsharipov Returned To Training, Set To Discuss Future With UFC Next Week

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 30, 2022

    Ali Abdelaziz, the manager of UFC featherweight, Zabit Magomedsharipov, has confirmed his client has returned to mixed martial arts training following recent health battles. And insists he is set to meet with UFC brass next week in order to discuss the fighting future of Zabit going forward.

    Zabit, who exited the official UFC featherweight rankings back in April of last year as he dealt with immune system issues, forcing his removal from the pile where he had sat as high as #3. 

    The former ACB featherweight champion boasts an 18-1 professional record, most recently headlining a November 2019 UFC Fight Night Moscow event against recent UFC Vegas 46 feature, Calvin Kattar – besting the Metheun native with a close unanimous decision over the course of three rounds. The bout earned both Zabit and Kattar Fight of the Night honors. 

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    The victory came as his sixth under the UFC’s banner, however, multiple attempted pairings with fellow featherweight standout, Yair Rodriguez continued to fall to the wayside, most recently – an attempted UFC 254 bout.

    Providing an update on both the health and fighting future of Zabit, his manager, Abdelaziz confirmed to MMA Junkie that his client had returned to training, and his future would be discussed during a meeting with the UFC next week.

    “Zabit (Magomedsharipov) is training,” Abdelaziz said. “He’s in the USADA program, but he went through some health problems. He’s back training, and I think this is a conversation me and UFC will have probably next week about Zabit to see what the future holds for him, and we’re going to see what happens. But I believe he’s one of baddest men in the division. I believe he can be the champion tomorrow. Alexander (Volkanovski) is a great champion, but I think Zabit (Magomedsharipov) is on a different level.”

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    “It’s a conversation I need to have with Sean Shelby next week, and we’re going to figure out what Zabit wants to do, also,” Abdelaziz said. “It’s not just a UFC problem. Zabit has to be like, ‘Hey, I’m ready to fight this month and this date for this much money.’ And now I’ll talk to Sean and we’re going to figure things out.” 

    Prior to his unanimous decision win over the aforenoted, Kattar, the Dagestan technician took home notable victories over now-UFC alum, Jeremy Stephens, Brandon Davis, Kyle Bockniak, and Sheymon Moraes to name a few.