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Zabit Magomedsharipov issues statement on retirement, cites lost fights and health issues

Zabit Magomedsharipov appears to be in good spirits as he puts his fighting days behind him.

It was reported Wednesday that the former UFC featherweight contender informed the promotion of his decision to retire and Magomedsharipov confirmed the news Thursday via a statement on Instagram.

In the statement, Magomedsharipov cited “fighting disruptions and then health issues” as reasons for his retirement.

Assalamu alaykum friends! I know many of you have been waiting for my return, there hasn’t been a single day that someone hasn’t asked when my next fight is. But I decided to put an end to my professional sports career.

Disruptions of fights, then health problems – all of this did not allow me to perform/fight sooner. I’ve recovered now, but I don’t feel like I used to.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me for so long. I didn’t have time to become a champion, but I think that even without that, 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 to share my knowledge with.

So don’t say goodbye, my friends!

Magomedsharipov, 31, has won 18 of 19 professional fights, including a perfect 6-0 UFC record that included notable victories over Calvin Kattar and Jeremy Stephens. However, he was plagued with inactivity, having last competed in November 2019.

He did not specify the nature of his health problems or the exact reasons for his retirement.