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BREAKING: Khabib Nurmagomedov Announces Retirement After Winning at UFC 254

Published 10/24/2020, 5:19 PM EDT

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Khabib Nurmagomedov improved to 29-0 after he dominated Justin Gaethje and put the interim champion to sleep. ‘The Eagle’ snagged a nasty triangle choke on Gaethje, who tried his best to keep up with his opponent’s intensity. The end came after Khabib put forth a dominant display in round one, and the writing was on the wall for Justin Gaethje.

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Following the fight, Khabib Nurmagomedov shocked the MMA community as he decided to walk away from the sport. The news came as somewhat of a surprise to fans who expected Khabib to stick around for at least another fight.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: “It was my last fight here”

The 29-0 undisputed champion spoke to Jon Anik and made it clear that he was done fighting. Khabib explained the reasoning behind his decision and was extremely emotional while doing so. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s journey to the octagon was clearly harder than he was letting on.

Nurmagomedov said, “This was my last fight. Ain’t no way I’m gonna come here without my father. It was the first time after what happened with my father. When UFC called me about Justin, I talked with my father and my mother, three days. She don’t want me to go out and fight without father but I promise her it’s gonna be my last fight and If I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here.”


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He continued, “I know only one thing I want from the UFC, you guys have to pot me on number one pound for pound fighter in the world, because I deserve this. And the undisputed and undefeated lightweight champion. 13-0, 13 in UFC and 29 in all my pro MMA career and I think deserves this.”


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There is no doubt that Khabib Nurmagomedov has left a lasting mark on the sport and his legacy will live on. It is still unclear if a fight against Georges St-Pierre could entice a return. The Dagestani wrestler had originally mentioned that he was looking to retire at 30-0. However, it appears that his plans have changed. Chiefly, Khabib’s legacy as arguably one of the best fighters in the world is solidified, regardless.

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Darryl Pinto


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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.
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