ABU DHABI – UFC president Dana White is assured Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement announcement at UFC 254 is definitive.
Next his submission victory in excess of Justin Gaethje (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) to defend the light-weight title in Saturday’s headliner at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Nurmagomedov (29- MMA, 13- UFC) announced he’s heading to cling up his gloves and shift on from MMA competitiveness.
Citing the new demise of his father and head coach, Abdulmanap, as very well as a assure to his mom not to continue on combating, Nurmagomedov designed the preference to exit the sport with his excellent document intact.
MMA retirements have demonstrated to be persistently flimsy in excess of the course of the sport’s record, but supplied the conditions, White stated he thinks Nurmagomedov’s will stick.
“I do (consider he’ll stay retired),” Nurmagomedov explained to reporters, which includes MMA Junkie, submit-struggle at UFC 254. “What this guy’s been via – we’re all fortunate that we obtained to see him fight tonight. I’m hearing rumors of other matters that I didn’t know about that you fellas will hear about when he comes out later on. Evidently he was in the clinic – he broke his foot 3 months back. So he has two damaged toes and a bone that was broken in his foot. (He) never ever advised any person going for walks close to. He is one particular of the hardest human beings on the planet and he is the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the planet. Critically, you have to start off placing him up there in GOAT position.”
Looking at the private hardships he endured top up to battle night, Nurmagomedov’s functionality versus what was greatly regarded his most perilous challenge was absolutely nothing limited of sensational.
Nurmagomedov a lot more than held his have in the hanging office, then when the fight hit the mat, he was on a distinct amount. He place Gaethje to rest with a triangle choke in the next spherical, putting a lid on an effort that had White raving.
“He is the baddest mom(expletive) on the world,” White reported. “I can inform it virtually smelled like an upset tonight the way that he reacted at the weigh-ins, the way that he acted when he was strolling out tonight. He did not look like himself. Respiratory hefty and using deep breaths. But wow.”
Although White thinks Nurmagomedov’s announcement that his time as a UFC fighter is over will adhere, he’s not counting out a alter of heart. He’s not heading to utilize any force, but insinuated the door is generally open up.
“When men want to battle, they struggle,” White explained. “When men really don’t want to battle, they really do not want to fight. Allow him choose some time off. Permit him recover – not bodily, but emotionally heal with what he’s heading by from losing his father.”