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“I am a Veteran” – Khabib Nurmagomedov Opens Up on Retirement Ahead of UFC 254

Khabib Nurmagomedov will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. He is undefeated in his MMA career and continues to be the UFC Lightweight Champion of the world. Khabib Nurmagomedov is scheduled to take on Justin Gaethje in a title unification bout for the undisputed lightweight Championship at UFC 254. Khabib earlier revealed that the fight will take place at Fight Island, Abu Dhabi. After the fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 fell apart due to the pandemic, Justin Gaethje accepted the fight on short notice. He put up an incredible performance over the former interim champion Tony Ferguson and picked up a TKO win in the fifth round to become the new interim lightweight Champion of the world.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has always stated that he wants to retire early. He has said numerous times in the past that he wants to retire at his prime and not fight too far after his prime. We can look at Anderson Silva and BJ Penn who continued to fight way after their primes, only to tarnish their resume at the latter end of their careers. However, Khabib Nurmagomedov is of a different view and wants to hang up his gloves after two fights. He has stated in the past that he wants to fight Georges St-Pierre in his last fight. However, he also said that if the fight against GSP cannot materialize, he would fight any fighter who beats #2 lightweight contender Dustin Poirier.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is a veteran of the sport

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov opened up on his retirement plans in a recent conversation with RT Sports in the lead up to UFC 254. Nurmagomedov revealed that he will hang up his gloves after another fight.

“I will be 32 this September, that’s a significant age. I’m no longer a rookie. Looking back at how much time I’ve invested in the sport, it’s fair to say that I am a veteran, I have been a professional for 12 years, since 2008. I have been in the UFC for over 8 years. If you look back, I’ve had an excellent career.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. With notable victories over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Rafael Dos Anjos, Al Iaquinta, and Michael Johnson, Nurmagomedov has cemented himself as one of the most dominant fighters to ever step foot inside the octagon.

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