MMA world light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov introduced his shock retirement from the game on Saturday after revealing he “promised his mom” that his conflict with Justin Gaethje can be his final struggle. The Russian, who received by a second-round technical knockout, was preventing for the primary time because the dying of his father and coach Abdulmanap in July. “I am the UFC undisputed, undefeated champion with a 13-Zero report (in UFC), and 29-Zero in all of my professional MMA profession,” he stated after his win in Abu Dhabi.
“At this time I need to say that is my final struggle. No means am I coming right here with out my father. When UFC involves me about Justin I spoke with my mom for 3 days.
“She did not need me to struggle with out father and I stated that is my final struggle – and I’ve given her my phrase.
He added: “Thanks a lot Justin. I do know you’re nice, I understand how you maintain your folks. Be shut along with your mother and father, since you by no means know what’s going to occur tomorrow. Thanks coach, thanks guys. At this time is my final struggle within the UFC.
“It was my father’s dream. Justin and Conor (McGregor) will struggle in January, I’ve choked each out, I’m not on this.”
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, 57, handed away after struggling problems from Covid-19 in the summertime.
Lengthy-time rival McGregor of Eire, who misplaced to Nurmagomedov in 2018, was amongst the primary to congratulate the 32-year-old Russian on his profession.
“I’ll keep it up. Respect and condolences in your father once more additionally. To you and household. Yours sincerely, The McGregors,” he tweeted.
UFC president Dana White joined the tributes and revealed at a information convention as Combat Island ended that Nurmagomedov had damaged his foot within the build-up to Saturday’s occasion.
“What this man’s been by way of, we’re all fortunate we bought to see him struggle tonight,” stated White.
“Apparently he was within the hospital. He broke his foot three weeks in the past. So he has two damaged toes and a bone in his foot that is damaged – that is what his nook was telling me. By no means informed anyone.
“He is among the hardest human beings on the planet and he is the number-one pound-for-pound fighter on the earth and, significantly, it’s important to begin placing him up there with GOAT (biggest of all time) standing with whoever else you assume is the GOAT.”
American Gaethje, 31, is now 22-Three in his profession in UFC.
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