Russian UFC Flyweight Askar Askarov just requested and received his release from his UFC contract, according to an Instagram post he made today.
Askarov (14-1-1), who was ranked number four under the UFC’s own ranking system, cited health issues as the reason for requesting a release. Askarov has been booked to fight the No. 5 ranked contender Brandon Royval at UFC Fight Night 212, however, he couldn’t make weight and his team turned down the chance of a wrestlingweight bout. Askarov did not specify the nature of his health problems, nor if they were related to his lack of weight against Royval.
According to Instagram’s own translation option, Askarov said: “Assalamualaikum, due to my medically delayed return and being my last fight under my contract, I have asked the UFC to release me .”. He further clarified that the UFC had indeed released him: “To what, I received a positive response. Let’s get our health in order first, then we’ll see what and how.
Askar Askarov: MMA and Wrestling
Askarov had just suffered his first-ever loss in professional MMA against New Zealand Kai Kara France at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Daukaus, in March 2022. During his pre-UFC career, Askarov won the ACB flyweight belt. Askarov would then fight stiff competition in the UFC, battling the eventual champion Brandon Moreno to a controversial draw, and pick up wins over division stalwarts like Tim Elliot, Alexander Pantojaand Joseph Benavidez.
Before becoming an MMA fighter, Askarov competed in freestyle wrestling. He won a gold medal at the 2017 Deaflympics in the 61-kilo freestyle division, as well as a bronze medal in the same category at the 2018 World Deaf Championships. seems to have yet to mark a permanent retirement from MMA for Askarov.