Khabib Nurmagomedov was welcomed residence by Dagestan authorities officers after asserting his retirement from combined martial arts.
The 29-Zero fighter efficiently defended his light-weight championship at UFC 254 by defeating Justin Gaethje by way of technical submission in simply the second spherical.
Following his spectacular victory – which got here lower than two weeks after he suffered a damaged a toe – Khabib introduced he was hanging up his gloves.
The 32-year-old revealed he had made a promise to his mom to name it quits following the demise of his father earlier this 12 months.
Talking within the octagon after breaking down in tears, he stated: “At present, I wish to say this was my final combat.
“Ain’t no method 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.”
On Tuesday morning, Khabib arrived again in his hometown – the Russian republic of Dagestan – and was greeted by a delegation of senior officers on the Worldwide Airport of Makhachkala.
Sports activities minister Magomed Magomedov led the get together of officers who welcomed Khabib after he received off his airplane from Abu Dhabi.
Khabib bows out of UFC as one of many biggest ever rivals MMA has ever seen.
UFC president Dana White paid tribute to his profession after he win over Gaethje, and expressed his admiration for his robust character having overcome an harm in his preparations.
“Hear man, what this man has been by, we’re all fortunate we received to see him combat,” stated White.
“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 positive.
“Apparently he was within the hospital as a result of he broke his foot three weeks in the past; he’s received 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 likely one of the hardest human beings on the planet.
“He’s the primary pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and critically you need to begin placing him up there in GOAT standing.”