On Sunday it was announced top welterweight prospect Adlan Amagov had unexpectedly retired from MMA, at just 27 years old. The cause of Amagov's retirement was reportedly down to religious reasons.
Amagov was expected to fight Jason High at UFC Fight Night 35, in January, but dropped out of the event 5 days ago. The Russian last fought at UFC 166, were he destroyed T.J Waldburger in the very first round.
Amagov's co-manager Mike Constantino corrected reports yesterday, saying the fighter had to take time of due to personal reasons but had not retired.
"He has some personal stuff going on and will be off training and fighting until he is ready to return," Constantino said. "We will reevaluate in March."
Earlier today the Russians manger, Sam Kardan, made another statement regarding the fighter. Speaking to MMAjunkie.com Kardan said the reasons originally reported for Amagov stepping away from the sport are inaccurate and the real cause is family issues which the fighter would prefer to keep private.
“I can guarantee there’s nothing further than the truth than he’s quitting for religious purposes,” Kardan said. “He’s been religious all his life, and he’s been fighting all his life.”
“The possibility is that he may take a little break and come back,” Kardan said. “That’s what we’re looking at right now. We haven’t had a discussion of retirement or anything like that. He just needs a little time off right now."
When Amagov dropped out of the fight with High, it was reported that the reason was due to Amagov suffering a injury. However, Kardan said that simply isn't true and the fighter is 100% healthy. Kardan wouldn't disclose the details of Amgov's problem, but the manager said the issues were family related.
“It’s just something in the family. He needs to be with his family right now. It’s nothing too tragic or anything like that. It’s just very private.”
Hopefully Amgov can resolve his problems quickly and get back in the cage as soon as possible. Amagov is 2-0 in the UFC since debuting at UFC on Fuel TV 9, where he scored a unanimous decision win over Chris Sprang. What do you make of Amgov stepping away from the sport?