Sultan Aliev Announces MMA Retirement After UFC Saint Petersburg Win

Sultan Aliev has decided to hang up his gloves.

At UFC St. Petersburg, Aliev had his last MMA fight, or so he says. Following a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Keita Nakamura, Aliev announced his retirement from the cage, citing a lack of time to devote to the spot.

"This fight was the last on my contract with the UFC, so it was very important for me to win. It was much easier since I fought at home. I'd like to retire from MMA. I've got a family and a job -- I just can't find time for everything. I'm starting to feel my age. I did all this not only for my fans, but to test myself and push my limits. I am grateful to UFC for giving me this chance," said Aliev after the fight.

The 34- year old Dagestani retires with a 15-3 record total. He was signed by the UFC all the way back in May 2014, but would only fight four times over his five years under contract, going 2-2 along the way. Aliev battled a number of injuries that forced him out of three fights between 2016 and 2018, backing up his claims.

Aliev is a decorated combat sambo fighter who had made the transition to train under Greg Jackson in recent years.

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