Promotional-perfect UFC featherweight contender, Zabit Magomedsharipov has informed the promotion of his decision to retire from professional mixed martial arts and active competition from immediate effect, folllowing a 10-year professional run.
Zabit Magomedsharipov, whose immediate future has been up in the air ever since his most recent Octagon walk back in November 2019 against Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Night Moscow, with the 31-year-old reportedly suffering from an immune system health scare, which would require career-threatening surgery in order to solve.
In his most recent Octagon appearance, Zabit Magomedsharipov handed Kattar a unanimous decision loss over the course of three rounds in Moscow, landing his sixth straight UFC victory as well as improving his professional record to 18-1.
Zabit Magomedsharipov enjoyed an undefeated tenure during his UFC stint
Amid his ongoing health scare and his intentions to pursue a career in medicine, Zabit, as per an initial report from MMA Fighting reporter, Guilherme Cruz this Wednesday evening, has informed the UFC of his intentions to retire from active competition with immediate effect.
Entering the UFC boasting a 12-1 professional record, Zabit, a former undisputed ACB featherweight champion, defeated Mike Santiago in Moscow in his 2017 promotional bow.
In a series of eye-catching wins since then, Zabit bested Sheymon Moraes, Kyle Bochniak, as well as Brandon Davis, before his most recent decision successes opposite promotional veteran, Jeremy Stephens, and upcoming UFC Austin headliner, Kattar.
Forever touted as a potential title challenger since his Octagon berth, Zabit was removed from the official featherweight rankings in April of last year due to inactivity.
Booked just once since his 2019 victory against Kattar, Zabit was set to headline a UFC Fight Night event in August of 2020 against multiple-time scheduled foe, Yair Rodriguez, however, an ankle injury forced the Chihuahua striker from the main event matchup.