Back in September of last year at UFC Rotterdam, a New Jersey featherweight by way of Dagestan made his debut and immediately had everyone talking about him. Zabit Magomedsharipov was fighting like it was a video game and he had all the cheat codes. To prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did the same thing in November and cemented his place as a problem to the new division. Evidently, too much of a problem. Magomedsharipov has been itching to get back into the Octagon — eyeing the UFC 225 Brooklyn card — but has had a total of five opponents turn him down. Two of them are Arnold Allen and Artem Lobov.
— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) February 12, 2018
“Arnold Allen, it’s a shame on you. You have more fights than me in UFC and you turn me down. Very disappointed in you. I’m a man just like you. Call [matchmaker] Sean Shelby and let’s battle with honor. I guess this is the new excuse. Your team works for you. You’re a man and you make decision. Come on, let’s figh. There’s no need for you to be nervous. You are a good fighter but you doing this, nobody will respect you. Artem Lobov, hey, nobody want to fight in Brooklyn? Are you available to fight? — Zabit Magomedssharipov on Twitter.
I only had 2 fights in @ufc and I had 5 opponents turn me down for April 7th including @FuryJury @Arnoldbfa @panteraufc @TouchyFili the only guy who accept is @RusHammerMMA but his team decline. No disrespect to none I just want to fight. Please Call @seanshelby @arielhelwani
— ZabitMagomedsharipov (@zabit_mma) February 12, 2018
Arnold Allen is coming off a win over Makwan Amirkhani, but that was back in March of last year. No introduction is needed for Artem Lobov, who initially seemed to be all good for the match-up with the rising contender. Turns out he was down to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov, but his team actually turned it down on his behalf for undisclosed reasons. The featherweight division is on fire right now and Dragon Ball Zabit is looking to capitalize on his hype. Let’s hope someone steps up.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/13/2018.