The best UFC pound-for-pound fighter Khabib has retired after beating Justin Gaethje at the main event of UFC 254. You have to taste the bitterness of losing even f you are a professional player. The big giants like Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo too had to lose sometimes.
But there is a man who didn’t meet losing in his 12 years long career. I don’t know if there is someone like him out there on the earth. But here the Russian mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov is the one who holds this unearthly record.
Khabib won UFC 254 against Justin Gaethje
This Saturday, 25th October he has played the last game in his career. Needless to say, he has also won on this match. He has played 29 matches overall in his career. His winning ratio is 29-0!!!!
Khabib retired after won UFC 254
He is also undefeated and undisputed in The ultimate fighting championship (UFC). He has played 13 matches in UFC and of course, nailed them all.
This is why the whole world shook when he announced his retirement. Other athletes are hurt hearing the news. He has had his support from Christiano Ronaldo, Muhammed Saleh from Liverpool, and German world cup winner Mesut Ozil. Personalities from world cricket also have congratulated him.
Conor McGregor, his long-time opponent also congratulated him. He tweeted saying- “Respect to your father, including you and your family.”
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
Why Khabib retired?
But it breaks heart when you know why he retired. This year in may his father plus his coach was diagnosed with covid 19. After being in a coma for several days he died in a clinic in Moscow on 3 July, aged 57.
He did retire mainly because of his father. His mom forbade him to play any match after his father died. Khabib kept his mother’s words. This is why he announced the fight against Justin Gaethje was the last ever match in his life.
He said- I was undefeated in my UFC and MMA career. I was the sole champion. But I want to say this match is the last match of my life. I can’t enter the ring without my father. Never did in the past, nor do will future. When UFC approached me to fight Justin, I had to persuade my mother for three days. She forbade me from playing without my father. I promised her this is my last match. It was my father’s dream. I fulfilled his dream.
Khabib’s MMA career:
This Russian has started his career by playing in a lightweight championship. He was the champion the time he played. According to Fight metrix he is number #2 all-time best in the lightweight category. Some people even regard him as the best of the bests.
Khabib is also the first Muslim artist to win the UFC title. He has got his faith in his God. He was flooded with emotion in his last match. Khabib said “No one can defeat you if Allah is with you. You have to believe it.”
He also didn’t forget to thank his opponent Justin. He said you are a legend. Please take care of your friends. Try to be good with your parents because we all don’t know what’s going to happen next.
Later it was known fact that Khabib was played with his two broken toes and one broken bone in his foot.
UFC president Dana White said in a press conference that Khabib was in the hospital. He had injured himself three weeks ago. No one knew it. But Khabib is one of the strongest man in this earth. If you list one of the greatest athletes of all time Khabib would be sure on that list.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was born in Sildi, Russia on 20 September 1988. His father Abdulmanap was his personal trainer also. It’s his father who initiated his good charm. He debuted in 2008 in MMA. This was the start this man started his winning track.
Stars like Mcgregor, Gaethje, Poirier have confronted him so far. And of course, Khabib has acknowledged all of them the pungent taste of life. Needless to say, his home is a mini-museum of so many prizes and achievements.
Khabib has mastered all major martial arts area like Sambo, Judo including wrestling. One ranking says he was the most dangerous man to fight in the ring.
With 23.6 million followers on Instagram, he is the most popular athlete in Russia.