ABU DHABI — The unbeaten light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from MMA after defeating Justin Gaethje early within the second spherical at UFC 254 on Saturday night time.
“This is my last fight, there’s no way I’m going to be back without my father. I spoke to my mother. She do not 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.” Nurmagomedov mentioned.
The 32-year-old Nurmagomedov was lively with strikes and with grappling towards Gaethje (22-3), the harmful brawler who had knocked out 4 consecutive elite opponents whereas profitable the UFC’s interim light-weight title.
After spending the primary spherical largely buying and selling punches and kicks with the aggressive Gaethje, Nurmagomedov used his unparalleled wrestling abilities to take down Gaethje early within the second spherical after which labored into place for the ending choke.
Shortly after his victory, Nurmagomedov posted a photograph of himself together with his father on social media with the caption, “When ALLAH with you, nobody can broke (sic) you, nobody. Thanks, Father for everything, you teach all my life, may ALLAH grant you the highest Paradise.”