Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially retired as per UFC President Dana White. Dana revealed the same today through his social media pages and posted a thank you note to the former UFC Lightweight champion as well.
Khabib had posted a photo last day which teased a potential return but with the confirmation from Dana White, it seems that Khabib will no longer be considering a return to the UFC Octagon.
“29-0 it is. He is officially retired. It was incredible to watch you work @khabib_nurmagomedov thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend,” Dana White noted on his Instagram page.
It was also announced that the UFC Lightweight title, which is now vacant due to the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be on the line on May 15, 2021, as Charles Oliviera will fight Michael Chandler. Khabib also posted a long message for Dana White on Instagram in which he thanked Dana.
“It was a good dinner with some great people.@danawhite thank you so much brother and the entire @ufc team for the opportunity to prove myself, you guys have changed many life forever because of this sport. Dana - I’ll never forget your attitude towards me, my father did not forget and my sons will remember you. Today there was a real conversation between real men. Also thank you to all team, sparring partners, and all fans. I hope you will accept my decision and understand me,” Khabib noted.
Hailing from Dagestan, Khabib started his MMA career back in 2008 after an accomplished run in Combat Sambo. He then went on to dominate for the next decade and built up a professional record of 29-0 to his name with his last win coming against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
He holds the record for the longest-reigning Lightweight champion in the UFC by holding the belt for a whopping 931 days and also holds the record for the most number of consecutive wins in the UFC Lightweight division with 13.
After his retirement, Khabib has directed his attention to being a promoter and a coach. He purchased the Gorilla Fighting Championship (GFC MMA) in Russia and renamed it to Eagle Fighting Championship (EFC) which now provides a platform for Russian fighters. Khabib was also seen cornering many fighters with the most notable one being Islam Makhachev who Khabib endorses as a future UFC Lightweight champion.
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