Khabib Numragomedov has left a legacy which will remain unparalleled for years to come. After an emphatic performance against probably the toughest fighter he has faced in terms of style, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the sport after a scintillating second round submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
Khabib’s journey to the UFC has been nothing less than a fairytale come true. Something you would see straight out of a hollywood sport classic, Khabib’s journey from Dagestan, Russia to making an impact around the globe, Nurmagomedov is truly the ambassador of mixed martial arts for the entire world. An impeccable record of 29-0 with wins over former champions like Rafael dos Anjos, Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and now Justin Gaethje, Khabib Nurmagomedov has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Khabib’s journey from Dagestan to making a name for himself in the Unites States, Nurmagomedov’s dominant run inside the Octagon shall remain untouched for years to come. Khabib’s simplicity inside and outside of the Octagon, and his humility despite his numerous achievements shall always be remembered. Needless to say, Khabib Nurmagomedov will go down as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Khabib Nurmagomedov rests his gloves after submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
Khabib Nurmagomedov couldn’t hold back his tears after his win over Gaethje. The Eagle fell to his feet, as he touched the ground, remembering his late father on the historic night at UFC 254.
“A huge thankyou to all. To my fans, If I say my fans in Russia, that would be wrong. Let’s say all my Russian speaking fans. A huge thankyou to you all. When I started in 2008, and when I signed with UFC in 2012, many people didn’t believe. They thought it was impossible. I am a simple guy from a Dagestani mountain village. When I came here, my brother told me, ‘Google says you are the planet’s most discussed person.’ I couldn’t believe it because I couldn’t even think of that. I just wanted to become champion with the guidance of my father.” Khabib said addressing his Russian-speaking fans in the post-fight interview.
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It’s not always that a mixed martial artist finishes string inside the Octagon. Additionally, it wasn’t just about winning fights, Khabib Nurmagomedov remained untouched throughout his entire career, having lost only two rounds in the judges’ scorecard in his entire career. Khabib is yet to vacate the lightweight gold, and his retirement has not been made official by the UFC. Be that as it may, Khabib has announced, and the Eagle leaves the MMA world with a career as perfect as one can get.
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