Dana White confirmed Khabib Nurmagomedov broke his foot simply three weeks earlier than his UFC light-weight title defence in opposition to Justin Gaethje.
The Russian, who introduced his retirement instantly after the win at UFC 254, refused to inform the UFC president in regards to the harm earlier than taking to the octagon on Battle Island.
As a substitute, he selected to honour his late father with a sensational efficiency after which confirmed he can be respecting the desires of his mom and strolling away from the game.
Gaethje was tipped to be essentially the most tough opponent Khabib had ever confronted, but he moved to 29-Zero with consummate ease by securing a triangle choke within the second spherical.
Regardless of the convenience of his efficiency nonetheless, White revealed in his post-fight press convention that we have been ‘fortunate’ to even see the 32-year-old struggle this night.
He informed reporters: “Pay attention man, what this man has been by way of, we’re all fortunate we bought to see him struggle tonight.
“I’m listening to rumours of different issues that I didn’t learn about, that you simply guys will hear about when he comes out later I’m certain.
“Apparently he was within the hospital as a result of he broke his foot three weeks in the past; he’s bought two damaged toes and a bone in his foot that’s damaged or one thing.
“That’s what his nook have been telling me and he by no means informed anyone, simply strolling round so he is among the hardest human beings on the planet.
“He’s the primary pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and critically it’s important to begin placing him up there in GOAT standing.”