Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts after successfully defending his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Khabib extended his unbeaten run to 29-0 in UFC following which he opted to bid farewell to the game.
This was Khabib’s third successive title defense, having previously beaten Conor Mcgregor and Dustin Poirier. Khabib announced his decision to retire immediately after winning the bout.
Khabib and Gaethje traded punches and kicks in the first round, but Khabib showed his dominance in the second round after locking Gaethje in a triangle chokehold. Gatheje tapped out twice before being knocked unconscious as Khabib was crowned the winner.
This was Khabib’s first fight since the death of his father and coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who passed away in July from complications caused by the coronavirus.
Today I want to say this is my last fight. No way am I coming here without my father. When UFC called me about Justin I spoke with my mother for three days. She didn’t want me to fight without father and I said this is my last fight – and I have given her my word.
He further added, “Thank you coach, thank you guys. Today is my last fight in the UFC. It was my father’s dream. Justin and Conor will fight in January, I have choked both out, I am not interested in this.”
The Russian has been regarded as one of the greatest of all time in mixed martial arts after going unbeaten throughout his career. He only lost one round in his career.
UFC President, Dana White, revealed that Khabib fought with a broken foot and lauded him as one of the greatest MMA fighters in history.
Khabib is one of the most famous athletes in the world and is known as a role model for young Muslim kids across the world.