Unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from mixed martial arts after stopping Justin Gaethje. Using a triangle choke early in the second round at UFC 254 on Saturday night.
The challenger, Gaethje, had only just regained his senses as Nurmagomedov had sent him to sleep with a second-round triangle choke at the behind-closed-doors Fight Island festival in Abu DhabiJustin Gaethje consoled Khabib Nurmagomedov in the middle of the UFC Octagon after UFC 254 on Saturday.
Nurmagomedov (29-0) made the announcement immediately after he impressively finished his first fight. Since the death of his father and lifelong coach in July. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had a heart problem exacerbated by Covid-19. His son was overcome by tears in the cage moments after choking Gaethje.
“This is my last fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “There’s no way I’m going to be back without my father. I spoke to my mother. She does 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.?”
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