Conor McGregor and Cristiano Ronaldo led the tributes to the unbelievable profession of Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian confirmed his retirement from MMA.
The Russian leaves the game as one of many biggest to ever step into the octagon after forcing Justin Gaethje to faucet out within the second spherical of their light-weight title combat at UFC 254.
His father, Abdulmanap, coached the celebrity all the best way to the very pinnacle of the game, however misplaced his battle to COVID-19 and handed away earlier than the bout.
After transferring to 29-Zero and having by no means misplaced a spherical, Khabib proceeded to take his gloves off, place them in the course of the octagon and make sure his exit.
He stated: “Right now, I need to say this was my final combat.
“Ain’t no approach I’m going to return right here with out my father, it was the primary time. After what occurred with my father, when UFC known as my about Justin I talked with my mom for 3 days.
“She warned me to not combat with out father, however I promised her it was going to be my final combat.”
Instantly after the bout, pals and even former foes took the prospect to go with the Russian for his unbelievable exploits, with Juventus ahead Ronaldo expressing his delight for his good friend on Instagram.
He wrote: “Congrats bro! Your father is pleased with you!”
McGregor, who loved a fierce rivalry with the Russian which culminated of their controversial combat in 2018, took the time to place their feud apart and congratulated his adversary. Try his response amongst many others from the MMA group.