Khabib Nurmagomedov Retired After 29th MMA Career Win4 minute read
UFC 254 Had A Lot of Exciting Events Occuring But Nobody Expected Khabib Nurmagomedov To Retire
Khabib Nurmagomedov has been one of the UFC’s best fighters for a good while now. He has now retired much to the shock of many pundits. He did this after his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on the UFC’s Fight Island. This was inside the Flash Forum at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
After defeating Justin Gaethje and improving to 29-0 at UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced the performance would be the last time he fought in the Octago…
Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts and the sport feels poorer for it.
What was the reason? A vow to his mother and his father’s death weighted on his shoulders enough to spur him to the decision.
Nurmagomedov said in a tweet, “Today is my last fight here in UFC.”
He was asked about that tweet and he confirmed it after winning. “No way I’m going to come here without my father. It was the first time after what happened with my father.” That and he vowed to keep his word to his mother.
He had a conversation with his mother about leaving the sport. She desired for him to leave since his father, Abdulmanap wasn’t there by their side.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was in a medically induced coma after undergoing heart surgery in the aftermath of the virus’s wake. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died. It was officially due to complications from COVID-19 from the beginning of the year.
Khabib said his father “was like coach, brother, friend, like everything.”
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Daniel Cormier, a former heavyweight champion called Nurmagomedov “the greatest champion in UFC history.”
The Russian came to the weigh in with some worries being expressed. Some even questioned it, after all losing 19 pounds can be a daunting task. But anything Nurmagomedov set his mind to, it can be done and it was accomplished just as easily as his win.
It was his 29th consecutive career fight, Nurmagomedov retired with a 29-0 record making him undefeated. He won the UFC lightweight title at UFC 223 in April 2018 and this has been his third successful title defense.
He got 13 fights in the UFC before retiring. In all, He won 19 of his 29 fights by knockout or submission which is a good record to end with.
Justin Gaethje followed through with his gameplan against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 254. Unfortunately for Gaethje, a…
Nurmagomedov and Gaethje went back and forth at first. Nurmagomedov applied constant pressure, but Gaethje pushed back. Gaethje attacked Nurmagoemdov’s left leg often.
Nurmagomedov almost ended the fight with an armbar submission, but ran out of time in the first round.
Gaethje kept up his kicking game and culminated his strategy with a crashing kick at Nurmagomedov. He would regret it though as Nurmagomedov immediately took him down after that.
Gaethje lifted Nurmagomedov in the air and slammed him in an effort to shake him, but the champion held firm. The tap out came soon enough as Gaethje had tapped out multiple times before the referee recognized he had passed out.
He submitted Gaethje with a triangle choke.
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In the other notable fights of the day, Robert Whittaker defeated Jared Cannonier by unanimous decision. It was a very good striking battle as Cannonier tried to kick his way to victory, but Whittaker hit harder and won in the end.
Phillip Hawes beat Jacob Malkoun in 18 seconds as he backed Malkoun against the cage. He then pummeled Malkoun into the mat with a barrage of shots finishing it with a right hook to the chin.
Malkoun was unconsciousness and down for the count. A great UFC debut by Hawes as he tweeted confidently, “This is mine now.”
Lauren Murphy won against Liliya Shakirova to extend her winning streak.
Murphy had a tough first round, but came back in the second and took Shakirova down with a choke.
She then requested her title shot for her next fight. That will either be between Valentina Shevchenko or Jennifer Maia who will be fighting at UFC 255.
Murphy moved down 125 pounds and has been dominating her weight class with four consecutive wins.