Khabib Nurmagomedov surprised the martial arts world and after Saturday’s win over Justin Gaethje announced the end of his MMA career! The most dominant fighter in the history of this video will not hunt 30-0, which has been mentioned for years as a number to stop at, but he is retiring with only one victory less.
Shortly after suffocating his rival, the emotional Khabib still broke the big news from the Octagon. The undefeated Dagestani did not hide in his speech how much he misses his late father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He said he doesn’t want to continue without a father in his corner, and the decision to end his career was made even before UFC 254.
He asked the UFC for only one thing - to put him at the top of the ‘pound-for-pound’ rankings. "This was my last fight. And there's no way I'm going to come back without my father. This was the first time since what happened to him.
After the UFC called me about Justin, I talked to my mother and promised her this would be my last fight.And if I gave my word, then I'll keep the same." "I just want one thing from the UFC - you need to set me up as the first 'pound-for-pound' fighter.I deserve it.I'm the champion, 13-0 in the UFC, 29-0 in his entire career, ”said the highly emotional Khabib who thanked many, including Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitti and Joe Silva who signed a contract with him when he came to the UFC.
Words of praise to Gathje
"Thanks to the whole UFC team, thanks a lot to Justin. Justin, I remember when you helped me in 2016 when I lost weight. Thank you, bro. This is a fight and I know you're a good man outside the cage and I know you you take care of your neighbors, your parents."
"Because one day something will happen and you never know what will happen tomorrow.Thank you, today was my last fight." You put down your gloves as the best ‘pound-for-pound’ fighter in the world.
You leave the way you wanted to, as a UFC champion. How hard was it for you this week? Jon Anik asked about the end of Khabib. "This was my father's dream. Dustin (Poirier) and Conor (McGregor) will fight in January. I both suffocated and I'm no longer interested," Nurmagomedov concluded.
Perhaps the greatest MMA fighter goes down in history and it is really fascinating how soon he leaves MMA. It seems that his father's death greatly influenced Nurmagomedov and that he is no longer mentally ready to fight without him. He will certainly go down in history because what he did will be talked about for a long time