Some news reports have suggested UFC featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov is contemplating quitting MMA.
The Dagestani native is undergoing surgery that could change his MMA career if it goes South. This was reported by Russian journalist Igor Lazorin first and later Dutch journo Marcel Doroff verified it.
“An important point that I was informed about today,” Lazorin said. “Zabit (Magomedsharipov) will soon undergo an important surgery, after which the situation with his career will be clear.”
Moreover, Russian news agency TASS has also backed that the fighter might hang his gloves, but for a different reason.
A glimpse at Magomedsharipov’s pro-MMA career
Magomedsharipov started his MMA journey back in 2017, racking up an impressive 6-0 record and boasting his current 14-fight win streak.
The 30-year-old Dagestani has won against remarkable fighters such as Jeremy Stephens and top-10 ranked Calvin Kattar in November 2019. The Dagestani had occupied the third spot in the featherweight division but hasn’t competed after his debut with Kattar.
Zabit Magomedsharipov had difficulty in getting a fight and hasn’t competed in UFC since his victory over Calvin Kattar.
The Russian mixed martial artist has been booked several times to take on Yair Rodriguez, but it hasn’t come to fruition yet.
Potential reasons for Zabit Magomedsharipov’s retirement
What seems to be the catalyst for Magomedsharipov’s potential retirement is, that he had only four matches in a year, which seems to be a low number for someone who is very highly rated.
Lack of fights has resulted in prolonged inactivity, this might push a frustrated Zabit into announcing his retirement. This seems to be a big blow for someone who Khabib Nurmagomediv rates as one of the best featherweights in the championship.
If Magomedsharipov decides to walk away from UFC, it will be a great loss to the organization since he has developed an inspiring aura as one of the notable featherweight fighters.
But retirement doesn’t necessarily mean that Zabit Magomedsharipov can’t come back to the UFC scene and steal the show, just ask George Saint-Pierre, Conor McGregor, and Anderson Silva.
If Magomedsharipov is looking to strike back again and make a comeback, he might face former featherweight champion, Max Holloway.
He will not be able to get a title shot abruptly against Champion Alexander Volkanovski, but knowing Zabit’s capability, he can make his way to the top in no time.
What’s going on with Zabit isn’t new to the MMA community. Fighters often feel mentally fatigued when they are not given ample opportunities in the division and suffer from a series of major injuries.
UFC’s latest prospect Khazmat Chimaev is a recent instance. The rising star announced his retirement on social media after COVID-19 took a toll on him.
This even left the UFC President Dana White in awe, but the fighter then withdrew his decision after making a swift recovery.