UFC lightweight champion Khabib retires after beating Gaethje | News from Russia

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UFC superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov has announced his retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje to successfully defend his lightweight title and keep his perfect record.The undefeated 32-year-old mixed martial artist from Dagestan, Russia, collapsed in the center of the octagon and sobbed after choking his American opponent at UFC 254 on Saturday.

As he stood up, he took off his gloves and left them on the carpet.

β€œThis is my last fight in the UFC,” he said.

His father and trainer Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died in July of complications from COVID-19.

Nurmagomedov said in the post-fight interview that he spoke to his mother for three days before deciding to accept the fight against Gaethje on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

β€œI won’t be back without my dad. I spoke to my mother. She doesn’t know how I fight without a father, but I promised this would be my last fight, and if I give my word I must follow her.

The American troubled the champion with kicks in the legs, but succumbed to a triangular choke in the second round as Nurmagomedov claimed to be the most dominant MMA fighter of all time with a 29-0 record.

Social media erupted in celebration and tribute following the news of Nurmagomedov’s victory and retirement.



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