Khabib Nurmagomedov has lastly fulfilled his late father’s dream of retiring because the pound-for-pound primary on the earth having by no means tasted defeat.
The Russian submitted Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Saturday on Battle Island to defend his light-weight title for the third bout in a row.
Though two of the three judges sitting cage-side felt the American received the opening stanza, the end result was seemingly by no means unsure as ‘The Eagle’ managed to achieve prime mount with ease.
After lastly getting the submission within the second spherical, an emotional Khabib confirmed he would now not struggle in an effort to respect his mom’s needs, however pleaded with UFC chiefs to recognise him as the perfect fighter on the planet.
On Tuesday afternoon, the dream of the 32-year-old and his late father Abdulmanap was duly realised because the UFC launched the up to date pound-for-pound males’s rankings, with the 29-Zero famous person sitting comfortably on prime.
Khabib wrote on Instagram: “It was the work of my life, I by no means obtained something simple, and nothing was given to me as a result of I’m good man.
“Arduous work, hope for Allah and persistence, this three ingredient helps me to get profitable, and naturally, management and advises from my Father, who invested in me plenty of time and work.”
Nurmagomedov senior handed away in July after struggling problems attributable to COVID-19, leaving Khabib with a gaping gap in his nook group.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is likely one of the best MMA coaches within the historical past of the game and he has created a plethora of champions and contenders from the area of Dagestan in Russia.
He needed his son to retire because the undisputed, undefeated, pound-for-pound primary fighter on the planet and Saturday’s victory in Flash Discussion board underlines the unbelievable work he and Khabib put in.