Khabib Nurmagomedov shockingly retires after UFC 254 victory over Justin Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov made it 29-0 before announcing his shock retirement from MMA.
‘The Eagle’ forced Justin Gaethje to submit in the second to retain his UFC lightweight title.
the Dagestani star surprised everyone afterward by declaring his days in the cage had ended as laid his gloves on
Khabib Nurmagomedov shockingly retires, The 32-year-old said: “I talked with my mother for three days.
I promised her it was my last fight and if I give my word – I have to follow this. It was my last fight here.”
The star, who has been linked with a rematch against Conor Mcgregor and a dream fight with Georges St.
Pierre, added: I know only one thing I want from UFC… No.1 undisputed pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
“I know I deserve it. !3-0 in UFC, 29-0 in my pro career.”
The lightweight king reigned supreme against Gaethje, three months after dad Abdulmanap passed away aged 57
due to COVID-19.
The first minute of the opening round proved cagey, as Nurmagomedov sized up a way to takedown Gaethje.
Interim champion Gaethje grazed the chin of Khabib early with a lethal right hand, as he eluded the grappling exchanges.
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Nurmagomedov’s pressure was constant, as he closed the distance down with a jab, but was threatened with
constant hooks from the challenger.