The Dagestan fighter won his 29th fight at the UFC on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. His last.
He put his head in his hands before kneeling in the middle of the octagon. Khabib Nurmagomedov was overcome with emotion at the time to celebrate his 29th win in as many professional MMA fights (including 13 in the UFC). Opposed Saturday night in Abu Dhabi to a serious client, the American Justin Gaethje, the UFC lightweight champion again offered a recital, concluded with relentless strangulation for his opponent in the 2nd round. But the main thing was elsewhere for the Dhagestanais who fought for the first time since the death of his dad, carried away by the coronavirus this summer.
“It was my last fight in the UFC, impossible to come back here without my father”
Legend of the fight in Dagestan, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was his father, his trainer, his guide. Without him, Khabib does not want to continue fighting. “It was my last fight in the UFC, impossible to come back here without my father. When the UFC called me for the fight with Justin, I spoke with my mom for three days. I promised him it would be my last fight. I keep my word. All I want is for the UFC to designate me as the best pound for a proud fighter because I deserve it ”, confided after his victory the champion, considered one of the best, if not the best fighter. of MMA history.
In October 2018, he had made short work of the Irishman Conor McGregor, the UFC superstar, confirming his status as No.1. “Congratulations to the best fighter in UFC history. What a career. We will be forever grateful to have been able to spend time with you, ”tweeted Daniel Cormier, former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion. A tribute among the thousands raining since Saturday evening and the announcement of the departure of the legend Nurmagomedov.