Damir Ismagulov has decided to call it a career.
Ismagulov, who is ranked 12th at lightweight, took to Instagram on Sunday to announce he is forced to retire from MMA due to a health issue. Ismagulov suffered his first loss in the UFC back on December 17 as he dropped a decision to Arman Tsarukyan. Following the loss, he has decided to call it a career at just 31 years old. At this time, it’s uncertain what exactly Ismagulov is dealing with health-wise but it was enough to end his career.
“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. It was an interesting journey, a moment to remember. Gave everyone a hug,” Ismagulov wrote on Instagram.
Damir Ismagulov (24-2), as mentioned, suffered his first UFC loss back at UFC Vegas 66 with a decision loss to Arman Tsarukyan. Prior to that, he was 5-0 in the UFC with wins over Guram Kutateladze, Rafael Alves, Thiago Moises, Joel Alvarez, and Alex Gorgees with all five of his UFC wins coming by decision.
The Khazatskan native is the former M-1 Challenge lightweight champion and before the loss to Tsarukyan, Ismagulov 19-fight win streak and was one of the more underrated lightweights in the division.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime