Khabib Nurmagomedov capped off his career with a amazing general performance against Justin Gaethje in the UFC 254 most important party but his get was even larger taking into consideration the odds he faced major into Saturday’s combat.
In accordance to his head mentor Javier Mendez, the UFC light-weight winner confronted all types of adversity during schooling camp that slowed him down but Nurmagomedov refused to cease.
“This was the worst camp we’ve ever had in the sense of preparing,” Mendez told Yahoo Sports activities. “Accommodations were the ideal at any time, hospitality was the greatest ever. But we had so a lot lousy luck.
“There was staph infection with a great deal of the guys and the mumps. Khabib experienced the mumps two weeks likely into [training camp] and I was like ‘oh my God, I’m so worried.’ He qualified one week really gentle and then the pursuing 7 days he broke his toe upcoming to the pinky toe. Simply because of the broken toe, we ended up yet again out.”
Previously in the evening, UFC President Dana White dealt with Nurmagoemdov’s broken foot, which he only learned about immediately after the undefeated Russian experienced secured the 29th earn of his profession.
Mendez admits involving the disease and the harm that he was somewhat anxious about Nurmagomedov’s potential to not only battle but to perform at the very same amount that authorized him to continue to be ideal in the course of his complete job.
Fortuitously, Nurmagomedov experienced no uncertainties.
“This was a incredibly tricky camp,” Mendez stated. “But Khabib mentioned ‘coach, my toe might be damaged but my intellect is not.’
“I said I know and that is when I understood he was going to struggle by all of this adversity no make any difference what.”
The conclude result was a next-round submission get as Nurmagomedov retained his UFC light-weight title one particular closing time just before contacting it a job when he declared his retirement pursuing the combat.
Nurmagomedov definitely walks away with the complete admiration of his head mentor for acquiring by the toughest of situations and nonetheless seeking like the most dominant fighter on the world.