Zabit Magomedsharipov remained unbeaten in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 163, but the later stages of his bout against Calvin Kattar were a cause for concern for some critics.
“I’d like to see what would’ve happened with five rounds,” Kattar said at the post-fight press conference. “But the fight was three and hat’s off to him for fighting a good three-round fight.”
Magomedsharipov, meanwhile, initially blamed his sluggish finish on medicine he took to treat an infection leading up to the bout. The 28-year-old Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu product revisited the Nov. 9 bout in an Instagram post on Monday, as he addressed the criticism regarding his waning stamina.
“Many criticize my endurance without thinking about how much energy a non-standard work in a battle can take,” Magomedsharipov said via translated text. “I always strive to please my fans, but, of course, we will tighten the functionality anyway. Entertainment in battle or a simple victory without risk? What would you give priority to?”
Magomedsharipov is currently on a 14-bout winning streak that includes six triumphs within the Las Vegas-based promotion.
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Многие критикуют мою выносливость, не задумываясь, сколько энергии может отнимать нестандартная работа в бою. Я всегда стремлюсь порадовать своих болельщиков, но, конечно функционал будем подтягивать по любому. Зрелищность в бою или простая победа без риска? Чему бы вы отдали приоритет?