KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV SUBMITS JUSTIN GAETHJE
The undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated Justin Gaethje on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, before calling it a career.
If this is indeed it, Khabib Nurmagomedov exits the UFC as arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history.
Nurmagomedov scored a second-round submission (triangle choke) of Justin Gaethje to retain his lightweight title at UFC 254, before announcing his retirement. Nurmagomedov took Gaethje down, assumed the mount position, and skillfully turned it into a triangle choke to score the second-round submission. Gaethje tapped a few times, but the ref didn’t notice it. After a few tense seconds, the ref stepped in and ended it, as Nurmagomedov improved to 29-0 Saturday night on “Fight Island” at the Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Following the victory, Nurmagomedov dedicated the fight to his late father, who passed away this summer and announced his retirement by laying his gloves in the center of the Octagon.
“This was my last fight,” said Nurmagomedov, overcome with emotion.
He added that after speaking with his mother, he agreed that this would be his final MMA bout.
“I promised her, it’s going to be my last fight,” he continued. “It was my last fight here. Tuesday, you guys have to put me No. 1 pound-for-pound because I deserve this.”
He added: “Today’s my last fight in the UFC.”
If this is Khabib’s last outing, he is leaving behind an indelible legacy at 29-0 and the reigning lightweight champion of the world, with victories over the likes of Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Gaethje to name a few.