Just as before long as he upped his document to 29-, Nurmagomedov remaining the arena in Abu Dhabi and went on his way. But on Instagram, he posted a different tribute to his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who handed absent in July from difficulties of COVID-19.
“When ALLAH with you, no one can broke you, no person,” he wrote. “Thanks Father for almost everything, you educate all my daily life, may ALLAH grant you the highest Paradise.”
The 32-calendar year-outdated Dagestan indigenous dropped to the canvas after his earn and wept uncontrollably. As he fought back tears, he described his reason for hanging up his gloves just after his teammates slash them off and he placed them on the flooring.
In this article is Nurmagomedov’s complete retirement assertion:
“Thank you for these guys, these men with me, been with my father for much more than 10 a long time. All my staff, AKA with coach Javier, I like him so significantly, all my group. Now, I want to say, this was my last combat. No way am I likely to come listed here with out my father. It was first time, after what happened with my father, when UFC termed me about Justin. I speak with my mother three days, she don’t want that I go struggle with out father. I promised her, it’s heading to be my final fight, and if I give my phrase, I have to stick to this. It was my past combat here.
“I know only one factor I want from UFC, you men have to be me on No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the planet, since I have earned this. UFC undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion, 13-, 13 in UFC, 29 in all pro MMA occupation. I consider I deserve it. A single extra factor, I want to say thank you Lorenzo Fertitta, thank you Dana, Hunter, all fellas. Thank you so significantly, and of system I really do not fail to remember about Joe Silva who signed me in this article in UFC. Joe Silva, thank you. All this UFC workforce, most people all-around the globe, this whole pandemic things, they are doing fantastic display. Thank you so substantially Justin. Justin, 2016 I don’t forget when I minimize weight, you aided me a lot. Thank you brother. I know you are a excellent male, I know how you just take care of your persons. I know a good deal of items about of you, simply because of your mom and dad, due to the fact just one day, it’s going to transpire a little something. You hardly ever know what is heading to take place tomorrow, you by no means know.”
Nurmagomedov’s exit from the sport leaves the UFC with some hard selections to make. Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler are all gunning for the No. 1 spot. So far, only Poirier and McGregor are loosely tied to a matchup on Jan. 23, but that could improve now that the belt is up for grabs.
As far as competitors for the pound-for-pound No. 1 place, many fighters consider the lightweight champ locked up the leading location on Saturday. When it comes to the sport’s GOAT, Nurmagomedov’s run is up towards all-time greats Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones.
Check out Khabib’s retirement speech: