The Undefeated, undisputed lightweight champion of the world retired after Defeating Justin Gaethje on Fight Island. He is the most dominant fighter in UFC history. Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight belt after submitting interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje by triangle submission in the second round at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi.
Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, had lost his life due to Covid-19 related complications in July of this year. In his post-fight interview, Khabib removed his gloves and stated that “This is my last fight. There’s no way I’m going to be back without my father.” Khabib decided to not do any interviews immediately after his post-fight victory interview. Dana White indicated that he found out after the fight that Khabib had broken two bones in his toes and one bone in his foot a few weeks before the fight. Which certainly makes the victory even more incredible. It would also explain why he seemed to have trouble on the scales.
Khabib’s post fight speech was passionate and emotional. “God give me everything, and with my father, I love you so much,” Khabib said. “It was my last fight. When UFC called me about Justin, I talked to my father and mother. I promised her it would be my last fight. I gave my word, I have to follow it.” He then said that he should be called the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world. “Undisputed UFC champion, I think I deserve it. I want to say thank you to Lorenzo [Fertita], Dana [White], Hunter [Campbell]. Thank you to all this UFC team, everybody around the world. Thank you so much Justin, you helped me a lot. I know you’re a great man. I know a lot of things about you. You never know what will happen tomorrow. My teammates, I love you so much. Today is my last fight in the UFC. It was my father, what else”
Khabib is the only UFC fighter to win three title fights in a row by submission. Undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov finishes his legendary career with a perfect 29-0 record.