Khabib Nurmagomedov prolonged his skilled document to a flawless 29-Zero with a second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
However maybe the most important information line of the MMA calendar got here when he then introduced his retirement from the game.
The 32-year-old Russian, who was preventing for the primary time for the reason that dying of his father this summer season, produced an excellent show to complete UFC interim champion Gaethje with triangle-choke and retain his light-weight title.
After his victory, Nurmagomedov introduced his retirement from the game in an emotional post-fight interview within the octagon at ‘Struggle Island’.
He stated: “Thanks for these guys, these guys with me, been with my father for greater than 10 years.
“All my workforce, AKA with coach Javier [Mendez], I really like him a lot, all my workforce. Right now, I wish to say, this was my final struggle.
“No approach am I going to return right here with out my father. It was first time, after what occurred with my father, when UFC known as me about Justin.
“I discuss with my mom three days, she don’t need that I’m going struggle with out father. I promised her, it’s going to be my final struggle, and if I give my phrase, I’ve to comply with this. It was my final struggle right here.
“I do know just one factor I need from UFC, you guys must be me on No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, as a result of I deserve this. UFC undisputed, undefeated light-weight champion, 13-0, 13 in UFC, 29 in all professional MMA profession. I believe I deserve it.
“Yet another factor, I wish to say thanks Lorenzo Fertitta, thanks Dana, Hunter, all guys. Thanks a lot, and naturally I don’t overlook about Joe Silva who signed me right here in UFC. Joe Silva, thanks.
“All this UFC workforce, everyone around the globe, this complete pandemic stuff, they’re doing nice present. Thanks a lot Justin. Justin, 2016 I keep in mind after I lower weight, you helped me quite a bit. Thanks brother. I do know you’re a nice man, I understand how you maintain your individuals.
“I do know a number of issues about of you, due to your mother and father, as a result of someday, it’s going to occur one thing. You by no means know what will occur tomorrow, you by no means know.
“Right now is my final struggle right here in UFC. It was my father’s dream. Dustin and Conor are going to struggle January, I choke them out, each of them. I’m not on this.”