UFC president Dana White finally relented on Thursday. He declared that undefeated UFC light-weight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov is formally retired.
“He is 100-p.c formally retired. It was amazing to view you work Khabib,” White wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for Every little thing and love whatever is future my mate.”
The announcement stemmed from a final assembly concerning them in which Khabib reiterated his intent to keep on being retired. Up until eventually now, White experienced been holding on to hope that he or a person of the lightweight contenders could persuade Khabib to go on combating.
“Dana, thank you so a great deal brother and the complete UFC workforce for the option to demonstrate myself, you men have transformed a lot of life eternally due to the fact of this sport,” Khabib wrote on Instagram.
“Dana – I’ll hardly ever forget about your frame of mind in the direction of me, my father did not ignore and my sons will don’t forget you. Right now, there was a actual discussion involving real males.”
Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler set for UFC lightweight title
Shortly right after Khabib’s retirement bought the final stamp on it, ESPN documented that the UFC had moved quickly to determine a new winner.
The feelings of a probable light-weight match have been forged to the wayside.
The UFC as an alternative opted to match no. 3 rated Charles Oliveira versus no. 4 rated Michael Chandler to struggle it out for the lightweight belt at UFC 262 on May perhaps 15. A place for UFC 262 has yet to be introduced.
“Khabib is retired and doesn’t wanna keep up the division,” White advised ESPN, via text concept, right before confirming the programs for Oliveira vs. Chandler. “Tonight was our closing conference and he is retired.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC legacy
Khabib leaves guiding a legacy as one of the best UFC fighters of all time.
Obtaining risen to prominence in Russia and Ukraine, amassing a 16- record, he was no a lot less spectacular in tearing through the UFC’s light-weight ranks.
Khabib made his Octagon debut with a rear-naked choke finish of Kamal Shalorus in 2012. He under no circumstances looked back again.
He defeated the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, and Edson Barboza en route to successful the UFC light-weight title from late-substitution Al Iaquinta in 2018.
Khabib then reeled off successive submission finishes of Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje in defending his crown.
Owning missing his father to disease prior to the Gaethje bout, Khabib after the struggle declared that he was retired. White held on, hoping that Khabib’s choice was a heat-of-the-moment kind of move that he would rescind.
He did not. Khabib promised his mother that he was not going to combat yet again with out his father. He is intent on trying to keep that assure.
Khabib Nurmagomedov retires at the age of 32 with his 29- report intact. He will be remembered as one of the most dominant champions in UFC heritage.
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