Khabib Nurmagomedov will go down in MMA historical past as one of many biggest lightweights within the historical past of the game.
Given the 155lbs division is likely one of the best, to retire at 29-Zero and with out ever actually being in any critical hassle is really a spectacular feat.
The Russian choked out Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to defend his crown for the third time, earlier than emotionally calling it quits within the centre of the Struggle Island octagon.
Though hypothesis has raged suggesting ‘The Eagle’ will soar as soon as extra, the 31-year-old is adamant he’s finished with combating.
Khabib’s legacy will without end be secured after his dominant victory in opposition to bitter rival Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas when he pummelled the Irishman and compelled him to submit.
In essentially the most profitable and watched struggle the corporate has ever delivered, the Dagestani shone and proved his greatness when the stakes have been at their highest.
After all, the victory was considerably marred by the brawl contained in the T-Cellular Enviornment after the conclusion of the competition as tempers flared on an emotional night.
Footage from Anatomy of a Fighter of Khabib arriving again in his dressing room shortly after the victory reveals the Russian apologising to teach Javier Mendez, hugging teammate Daniel Cormier and delivering a 13-word withering evaluation of McGregor.
He stated: “I instructed you guys he’s faucet machine, he can’t struggle 5 rounds.”
With ‘The Infamous’ set to return to the cage at UFC 257 in opposition to Dustin Poirier, hypothesis a few rematch will solely intensify as January 23 attracts nearer.
For now, it appears as if Khabib will all the time have the Irishman’s quantity as their ‘Sin City’ showdown proved.
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