“This is my last fight in the UFC. There’s no way I’m going to be back without my father. I spoke to my mother. She don’t know how I fight without father, but I promised it’s going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow it.” Khabib -the Eagle- Nurmagomedov said, on getting up he took off his gloves after win on the ring, 24th of Oct 2020.
His father and coach Abdulmanap passed away in July of this year due to complications caused by Covid-19, and Nurmagomedov said that he talked to his mother for three days before deciding to accept the fight against Gaethje.
The American troubled the champion with leg kicks but succumbed to a triangle choke in the second round as Nurmagomedov cemented his claim to be the most dominant MMA fighter of all time with a 29-0 record.
Nurmagomedov’s first fight in 13 months would be an appropriate farewell for one of the most dynamic competitors in recent MMA history. The Dagestan-born grappling specialist developed a well-rounded game under the tutelage of his father and a Bay Area-based MMA gym, culminating in his ascent to the UFC title in 2018.
Nurmagomedov stopped Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in his next two bouts before his yearlong absence from competition. His victory over McGregor made him one of the most famous combat sports athletes in the world.
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