UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has announced his retirement. Khabib announced the same during the post-fight interview at UFC 254 where he defeated Justin Gaethje in the main event.
An emotional Khabib noted that there is no way he will fight without his father and asked the UFC to list him as the #1 pound for pound fighter because he deserves it. The Russian then went on to thank the UFC team and gave credits to Justin Gaethje as well. He also left his gloves inside the cage as a sign of his retirement.
"Today, I want to say this was my last fight. It was my father's dream. What else?,” Khabib said.
Khabib retires with an undefeated professional record of 29-0 to his name. He made his MMA debut back in 13 September 2008 in a fight which is won via Submission. He then went on to build an impressive record before he was signed by the UFC where he debuted in 2012 against Kamal Shalorus.
It was a submission win for Khabib in the UFC debut as well after which he embarked on an unprecedented run in the promotion which saw him defeat names like Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and finally, Justin Gaethje.