Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was defending his UFC championship title against American Justin Gaethje, claimed another victory on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi for the most anticipated fight of the year.
The MMA legend is known for his discipline. His great respect for his culture, traditions, and family announced that it was his last fight, which he ended in tears, releasing all the pressure accumulated for a year and since his father’s death also his trainer.
“Al Hamdoulilah,” said Khabib Nurmagomedov at the microphone of the journalist before explaining how these last weeks were difficult for him at the mental level, especially since the death of his father with whom he had a close relationship.
“ You never know what tomorrow is made of, ” he said to his opponent with emotion. The two men of the same age hugged each other and ended their fight with evidence of mutual respect.
Nurmagomedov explained that he had a discussion with his mother, who told him that she did not want to see him fight without his father, and it was out of respect for his mother that he decided to end his career in realizing his dream and that of his late father.
He had said that his dream was to “dominate” the UFC, and it is now done with a zero fault career. The Russian champion of Dagestan origin has 29 victories and 0 defeats to his credit, barely 32 years old.