12:05 PM PT -- 6/16 -- Zabit is addressing his retirement from professional fighting, in part explaining why he's walking away from the UFC in a social media post on Thursday.
"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."
"Magomedsharipov then went on to thank his many fans and supporters."
"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))"
UFC star Zabit Magomedsharipov-- considered one of the best 145 lb.'ers in the world -- is retiring from fighting at just 31 years old, TMZ Sports has confirmed.
Zabit, who has a professional record of 18-1, last fought in November 2019 at UFC Fight Night 163. He beat fellow UFC star, and current 4th ranked featherweight Calvin Kattar by unanimous decision.
Obviously, Zabit hasn't been active ... and the reason why isn't entirely clear.
In fact, Magomedsharipov was once ranked in the top 5 ... but the UFC removed him because of inactivity.
Its tough news for MMA fans 'cause Zabit was one of the most exciting fighters to watch perform in the Octagon.