UFC St. Petersburg: Sultan Aliev makes under-the-radar retirement announcement

After outworking veteran Keita Nakamura on Saturday, Sultan Aliev readied himself to make an important announcement. Then his post-fight interview ended.

That left the UFC’s backstage interviewer as the reporter of record for Aliev’s retirement, a declaration that seems as sudden the microphone takeaway in the octagon.

No Octagon rust for @ASULTAN_MMA!#UFCStPetersburg pic.twitter.com/Y1TMRbSwGM

UFC (@ufc) April 20, 2019

But according to the 34-year-old Aliev, who returned to...

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