27-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 15-1-0
April 23, 2018 Zabit Magomedsharipov News
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Magomedsharipov (hand) signed a new, multi-fight extension with the UFC, MMAFighting.com reports.
Magomedsharipov earned Fight of the Night honors his last time in the Octagon at UFC 223, but suffered a strained ligament in his hand in the process. It's not expected to be a long-term injury concern, which should put the Dagestani fighter back in competition within a few months. The 27-year-old has an incredibly bright future in the UFC, and is unbeaten in three bouts with the promotion. Talks of a matchup against fellow prospect Yair Rodriguez have surfaced, though his camp likely needs the injury concerns alleviated before accepting his next fight.
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Fantasy AnalysisMagomedsharipov, who fought through this hand injury during his UFC 223 victory over Kyle Bochniak, was originally diagnosed with a broken hand. However, after further testing, it appears he's actually dealing with a strained ligament. While the Dagestani fighter is still set to miss some time while in recovery, Magomedsharipov should be back in action sooner than he would've if his hand had actually been fractured.
Fantasy AnalysisMagomedsharipov went on to earn the decision victory in a matchup that was awarded Fight of the Night honors, but the fact he entered the matchup with a broken hand makes the victory all the more impressive. Despite an injury that likely lead to significant discomfort, Magomedsharipov registered five takedowns, passed guard once and even won the striking battle 97 to 43. The Dagestani fighter might be on the shelf a little longer than usual prior to his next fight, which will likely be against his first ranked opponent.
Fantasy AnalysisIn the first two rounds, Magomedsharipov showed the kind of striking talent that has many MMA fans excited. In the final round, he showed that he can hold onto a victory with his wrestling and survival skills. He landed spinning and flying kicks and punches seemingly at will. His able to avoid strikes and land exotic strikes is very impressive. He should move up quickly in the featherweight division. Bochniak was more than game, but Magomedsharipov was ready for each and every challenge. He improves to 3-0 in the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisLike headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov, Magomedsharipov is primarily a wrestler. In his second UFC fight, he registered 11 takedowns against Sheymon Moraes before submitting him in the third round -- his second victory with the promotion. The inexperience factor carries a slight degree of risk, but if you trust the oddsmakers, the Dagestani fighter is about as close as it gets to a lock (with the exception of Cyborg or prime Ronda Rousey), registering anywhere from a (-700) to (-900) betting favorite in most sportsbooks.
Fantasy AnalysisMagomedsharipov seems to be the Khabib Nurmagomedov of the featherweight division. He dominated Moraes from start to finish in this contest. Moraes is a decorated kickboxer, and the Russian shut down that aspect of his game as he continually got the fight to the ground. Once he got the fight there, Magomedsharipov showcased amazing grappling. He fluidly transitioned from side control to mount, and was able to take the Brazilian kickboxer's back on multiple occasions. Magomedsharipov was also able to keep a body lock whenever Moraes attempted to get back to his feet and would easily throw him to the ground. He will be a very difficult matchup for any fighter in the division.
Fantasy AnalysisMagomedsharipov is coming off an impressive UFC debut earlier in the month in which he defeated Mike Santiago via submission in Round 2. He's now won nine consecutive fights dating back to 2013, and will carry a 13-1 overall record (1-0 UFC) into the bout. His opponent, Moraes, will be making his UFC debut.
Fantasy AnalysisMagomedsharipov made his UFC debut in dramatic fashion. He showed off a well-rounded game that included dynamic strikes on the feet and dominant ground work from the top. In the first round, he scored with hook kicks and even threw a combination kick off the cage. In the second round, he took the top position and dominated from the top before locking in the choke and forcing the tap. He is now riding a nine-fight winning streak that dates back to 2013.
Fantasy AnalysisMagomedsharipov was originally scheduled to fight Nick Hein (undisclosed) at this event, but Hein was forced to withdraw due to injury. Mike Santiago has been called in as a replacement. Both men will be making their UFC debut in Rotterdam. Zabit signed with the promotion as a top prospect back in May with a 12-1 career record.
Fantasy AnalysisMagomedsharipov recently signed with the UFC and has a 12-1 record that shows him to be a well-versed fighter. The 26-year-old is a former ACB featherweight champion and has won his last eight fights, with seven victories via stoppage. Magomedsharipov is expected to pick up his first UFC fight soon but has nothing on the schedule as of Tuesday's reported signing.