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Midnight Mania! Zabit rumored to return from retirement: ‘Everything will change with you coming back soon’

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Zabit Magomedsharipov is one of the greatest “what ifs” in recent memory. A dazzling mix of athletic kickboxing and smothering wrestling, it was easy to label the Dagestani talent as a future champion.

Six months ago, the top-ranked Featherweight contender announced his retirement, but it had been close to three years since his last trip to the Octagon. Magomedsharipov walked away nearly on top, riding a six-fight win streak inside the Octagon as well as 14 straight wins overall. He was within inches of a title shot, but Magomedsharipov opted to walk away after a combination of injuries, illness, and contract negotiations.

“Zabeast” sounded pretty content walking away. His countryman, Khabib Nurmagomedov, didn’t sound quite as convinced that Magomedsharipov was retiring for good. Unlike “The Eagle,” Magomedsharipov didn’t make a solemn vow to his mother!

This may be yet another example of Mystic Khabib! Earlier today, Zabit posted a picture with his brother, Bellator Featherweight Khasan Magomedsharpov. The two appear to looking at a contract, and Zabit looks satisfied.

The translated caption reads, “Contracts are no longer the same, of course.” In response, Khasan wrote, “Everything will change with you coming back soon.” While it still seems early to get fully convinced that a return is happening, that sure sounds like a promising update!

Stay tuned for further news.

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