Listen To The Walkout Songs That Inspired Zabit Magomedsharipov’s Dominant UFC Career

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Undefeated top UFC prospect, Zabit Magomedsharipov announced his retirement today, leaving fight fans across the MMA community in pain. The Russian fighter made his UFC debut in 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115: Volkov Vs Struve

He was often compared to as being an Abraham Lincoln lookalike because of his uncanny physical resemblance to him, including Lincoln’s haircut, but what really drew fans to Magomedsharipov was his dominant fighting style. 

He never fought for a UFC championship but was widely viewed as one of the best featherweights in the world. Magomedsharipov had a flawless record in the UFC going 6-o and was considered one of the fastest rising prospects and best featherweights in the division. Many in the MMA world, saw him as a future UFC featherweight champion having destroyed top-tier competition in the division. He won all of his fights by either submission or unanimous decision due to his dominant performances. 

The 31-yr old Russian fighter hadn’t fought since November 2019, and there was even talk of his retirement months ago due to his religious beliefs and wanting to finish his degree in medicine when the rumors of his retirement first surfaced online, but there was still hope among the MMA community that he would soon return to the cage.

Magomedsharipov made the announcement on Instagram earlier today:

“Assalamu alaikum friends!” Magomedsharipov wrote on Instagram. “I know that many of you were waiting for my return, there was not a single day that someone did not ask when my next fight was. But I decided to end my pro sports career. Disruptions of fights, and then health problems — all of this did not allow me to perform/fight earlier. I have recovered now, but I don’t feel the way I used to.”

We are saddened by what could have been some incredible fights in the featherweight division. He was scheduled multiple times to face the #2 contender and the always exciting, Yair Rodriguez but the bouts never came to be due to injury-related reasons. 

We’re not sure if he is referring to his physical well-being when he says that he’s recovered from health problems but doesn’t feel the way he used to, or if he is referring to his emotions and that he’s no longer inspired to hurt people for a living. His desire to become a medical doctor and his strong religious beliefs are true so one can easily understand why this might be a reference to his feelings rather than his physical state not being up to par.

When it came to his walkout music, Zabit’s choices gravitated towards thematic new age music, tribal Russian folk songs, and old-school east coast Hip-Hop. He’s only walked out to three songs over the span of his six undefeated fights in the UFC. For his last two fights in the Octagon, he walked out to traditional a Chechen folk song, “Lezginka” with hypnotic tribal drums that was a hype war song, much to our surprise. After all, it’s not like it’s commonplace for traditional folk music to be associated with aggressive cage fighting, but it was and in this case, it worked..like really, worked because Zabit dominated his opponent. He also walked out to “Kick In The Door” by Notorious Big and “Enae Volare Mezzo – Remix” from Era, the live musical/circus-themed European show similar to Cirque de Soleil.

We salute this warrior and in honor of his absolutely dominant career, here are the walkout songs that inspired Zabit Magomedsharipov’s undefeated and dominant career in the UFC. Listen to every song he’s ever walked out to in the UFC.

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