Khabib Nurmagomedov has retired from MMA after beating Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254 to retain his lightweight title.
Khabib’s father and head coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died in July following complications from coronavirus, and the Russian champion said that had played a key role in his decision to leave the sport.
Speaking after his second-round submission win, which was secured with a triangle choke, Khabib said: “God give me everything, and with my father, I love you so much… 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.
— UFC (@ufc) October 24, 2020
During his post-fight interview in the Octagon, Khabib then announced his decision to retire from the sport, with the majority of it coming down to the fact he lost his father earlier this year.
Khabib retires with a professional record of 29-0.
"It's going to be my last fight."
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) October 24, 2020
"I promised my mother this is going to be my last fight."
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) October 24, 2020
Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib retiring he tweeted
Good performance @TeamKhabib.
I will carry on.
Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family.
Yours sincerely, The McGregors.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 24, 2020
What a moment.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 24, 2020