The hero of Dagestan, Khabib Nurmagomedov, arrived in his native republic, more precisely in the capital Makhachkala, where he was welcomed by the Minister of Sports and many friends and relatives. As of Saturday, both the champion and the pensioner in the light UFC category returned from Abu Dhabi, where he performed the last fight for the UFC.
It seems that the decision made by Khabib Nurmagomedov was planned earlier. Khabib thought about it and was aware that he would soon be approaching the age in which he would have to decide whether to pursue a career. Yet the death of his father must have hastened such a decision which surprised many "I am very happy to announce that I am retiring.
I think it's best to leave when I'm at the top, "the 32-year-old is honest," Practically no one does that. I certainly knew that I would have to make that decision in the coming years. I also did more than enough to be considered the best fighter ever in the UFC, so the mission was accomplished.
My father said - when I leave, a new champion will appear. And what will we do next and how will we earn ... Money will already be earned " In a conversation with the local media, the Dagestani also revealed that he was seriously considering handing over the match to Justin Gathje in advance due to major health problems during the preparations.
Problems before match
Khabib also revealed the events before the fight. Although everything looked great on the screen, Khabib was moving normally, fighting as before and achieving victory as always though things were much different.
Khabib had problems with an injury that appeared just when it shouldn’t, but the injury doesn’t pick a place or a time. "Yes, it was a hell of a battle. With its entire history, everything that has happened in the last half-year.
After all, that match was personal for me, a matter of principle! I barely passed the camp, I was sick for the first two weeks, I ended up in the hospital, then I broke my toe." "We were thinking of giving up, but I found the strength even though I experienced that break 14 days before the match.
" Although the information has emerged that, as after the victory over Conor McGregor, he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a big fan of martial arts, this has been denied at least until the situation with the coronavirus calms down