Khabib Nurmagomedov closes career with UFC 254 Performance Bonus


The undefeated Russian called time on his mixed martial arts career following a second-round submission win over Gaethje on Saturday, saying, "Thank you so much Justin". After the fight, he announced his retirement from the sport after promising his mother that this would be the last time.

"Today was my last fight", Nurmagomedov said after the fight, adding that he was not going to fight without his father, who died of COVID-19 complications this year.

Retiring after a 29-0 record, Khabib said: "Thank you to these guys with me, with my father more than 10 years".

Then, fighting in memory of his late father, Abdulmanap, he took Gaethje down early in the second and choked him unconscious with a triangle choke.

UFC president Dana White joined the tributes and revealed at a news conference as Fight Island ended that Khabib Nurmagomedov had broken his foot in the build-up to Saturday's event.

"If I give my word, I have to follow this".

Nurmagomedov celebrates his victory over Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov retires after dominant UFC 254 win

Khabib had earlier said that he plans to train MMA fighters back in Russian Federation in his post-fight career. "The Eagle" is a flawless 29-0 in his UFC career, and he really hasn't been tested in any bout thus far. It was my last fight here. Gaethje was a +270 underdog in the title fight, but he wasn't afraid of the challenge. Gaethje, Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, Dan Hooker, Paul Felder and even Conor McGregor are all potential fighters who can compete for the belt in the next few months and into 2021.

Nurmagomedov stepping down and vacating the championship opens up the division. I think I deserve.

The UFC 254 Fight of the Night honors went to prelim competitors Casey Kenney and Nathaniel Wood. So he has two broken toes and a bone in his foot that's broken, or something like that.

"He never told anyone and is walking around".

"He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet".

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