After defeating Justin Gaethje via triangle choke, Khabib Nurmagomedov made a shocking revelation – retirement.
The UFC undisputed lightweight champion was in tears after the victory, knowing that it will be his last fight but mostly dedicating his late father’s victory.
Nurmagomedov remains unbeaten with 29-0. He still has a lot left for his career. However, the death of his father was a massive blow to him.
His father was there in his fights, supporting him.
Khabib was already emotional when he made the scale during the weigh-in.
“There’s no way I’m going to be back without my father,” he said after the fight.
His father died due to the coronavirus. He was weakened by the disease and was significantly affected because he just had heart surgery.
Adbulmanap Nurmagomedov was also Khabib’s trainer.
This scenario was similar to what happened to Michael Jordan in 1993. After winning the Chicago Bulls’ third straight championship, Jordan was on the floor crying as he mourned his father, who was killed.
Hence, the similarities also opened a conversation where he stands in the greatest of all-time list in the UFC.
He is placed second all-time. Jon Jones still holds the top spot. But did his recent win made a difference?
It was the third successful title defense of Khabib.
Here is the other noticeable feat the Nurmagomedov made.
Most of her matches have the same faith in a takedown in a single fight match. In 2003, he made 21 successful takedowns against Abel Trujillo.
He had the most gate attendance fight. Khabib-McGregor. One of the most intense matches in UFC history. It shattered several records.
And of course, his clean record of 29 wins and no defeat.
Khabib is ‘built differently.’
On his last fight, UFC President Dana White revealed that the champ had a broken foot and a mump during their training but insisted on going on and fight
Khabib also amazed everyone with video footage of him wrestling a bear barehanded. Insane, right?
On his preparation against Gaethje, he was seen swimming in a river but against a strong current.
Khabib was built differently. His training is with nature. His dedication and