UFC Lightweight Damir Ismagulov Announces Retirement From MMA

Rafael Alves and Damir Ismagulov, UFC Vegas 27
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 22: (L-R) Damir Ismagulov of Russia punches Rafael Alves of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 22, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

UFC lightweight Damir Ismagulov announced his retirement from MMA due to health circumstances on Sunday via social media.

Ismagulov, 31, posted the announcement on his Instagram.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances and health problems, I am forced to end my sports career. Thanks to all those who were with me regardless of the outcome in the battles, who were sincerely sick and worried,” Ismagulov wrote.

It was an interesting journey, a moment to remember . Gave everyone a hug.

Ismagulov (24-2) was coming off a decision loss to Arman Tsarukyan in December at the UFC APEX in a tough battle at UFC Vegas 66.

Ismagulov entered the UFC in 2018 following a long stint with M-1 Challenge. He rattled off decision victories over Alex Georges, Joel Alvarez, Thiago Moises, Rafael Alves, and Guram Kutateladze.

The loss to Tsarukyan snapped a 5-fight win streak in the UFC, and marked only the second loss of Ismagulov’s pro career that began in 2014.

Ismagulov was thought to be a contender for the lightweight title, and had he defeated Tsarukyan, the #12 ranked fighter would have been in the discussion for a title eliminator fight.

No details into the health circumstances were given as of this post.