Zabit Magomedsharipov Calls Out Alexander Volkanovski

With rising star Zabit Magomedsharipov’s fight against Yair Rodriguez later this month having been called off after his opponent suffered an injury, he is now setting his sights on a new opponent – current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

“It’s funny I signed bout agreement few weeks ago, Yair never did, UFC never announced officially main event,” Magomesharipov wrote on Twitter.

“Two options:

1. UFC playing games
2. Yair has no balls

“@alexvolkanovski I’m waiting for you.”

Unfortunately for the No.3 ranked Magomedsharipov it seems Volkanovski isn’t in a hurry to fight him just yet, although he did leave the door open for a fight before 2020 draws to a close.

“I am the champ not the replacement fighter but I hope you find a matchup ASAP then chances are I see you later this year,” Volkanovski replied.

Nevertheless, ZaBeast is continuing to campaign for the fight.

“My next fight was supposed to be title eliminator and I won without fighting. Next is a title shot. @alexvolkanovski I know you’re great champion and you’re tired of fighting Max. Let’s try new blood. I promise to make it unforgettable. Let’s give fans what they want, if you need a little time September or October fine with me. @danawhite @seanshelby @ufc I AM NEXT!”

So far that plea appears to have fallen on deaf ears, and he’s getting increasingly frustrated with his inability to secure a title shot.

“Hey @ufc stop playing games with me! Give me a title shot! How long should I wait until you do what you promised? Before UFC 249 in April, I waited first for Rodriguez, then Ortega, then Zombie. Within a month, you changed 3-4 opponents for me, as a result, you did not organize any of the fights and told me to wait for Max and Volkanovski’s rematch, so I could fight for the title with the winner of their fight later. The rematch is long gone, let’s see how you keep your word! I deserve to fight for the title and I can take that belt.”

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