Khabib Nurmagomedov introduced his retirement from blended martial arts after efficiently defending his Final Combating Championship (UFC) light-weight title in opposition to Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Khabib prolonged his unbeaten run to 29-0 in UFC following which he opted to bid farewell to the sport.
This was Khabib’s third successive title protection, having beforehand overwhelmed Conor Mcgregor and Dustin Poirier. Khabib introduced his resolution to retire instantly after profitable the bout.
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Khabib and Gaethje traded punches and kicks within the first spherical, however Khabib confirmed his dominance within the second spherical after locking Gaethje in a triangle chokehold. Gatheje tapped out twice earlier than being knocked unconscious as Khabib was topped the winner.
This was Khabib’s first battle for the reason that demise of his father and coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who handed away in July from issues brought on by the coronavirus.
Right now I wish to say that is my final battle. No manner am I coming right here with out my father. When UFC referred to as me about Justin I spoke with my mom for 3 days. She didn’t need me to battle with out father and I mentioned that is my final battle – and I’ve given her my phrase.
He additional added, “Thanks coach, thanks guys. Right now is my final battle within the UFC. It was my father’s dream. Justin and Conor will battle in January, I’ve choked each out, I’m not on this.”
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The Russian has been thought to be one of many best of all time in blended martial arts after going unbeaten all through his profession. He solely misplaced one spherical in his profession.
UFC President, Dana White, revealed that Khabib fought with a damaged foot and lauded him as one of many best MMA fighters in historical past.
Khabib is likely one of the most well-known athletes on this planet and is called a task mannequin for younger Muslim youngsters the world over.