However, arguably the best blended martial artist of all time is officially retired after Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White confirmed it on Twitter on Thursday.

“29-0 it is,” White tweeted. “He is 100 officially retired. It was incredible to watch you work Khabib. Thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend.”
Nurmagomedov, after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October 2020 to defend his light-weight title for the third time, stunned the world saying his retirement

The 32-year-old completed with an ideal 29-0 profession document and 13-0 UFC document, additionally retiring because the light-weight champion.

Nurmagomedov’s father and coach, Abdulmanap, died in July 2020 after problems from Covid-19. Nurmagomedov stated he talked together with his mom for 3 days earlier than deciding to just accept the battle with Gaethje.

An emotional Nurmagomedov stated after his July battle: “Today, this was my last fight. Ain’t no way I’m going to come here without my father.”

Despite saying his retirement, White had reportedly held out hope that the Dagestani fighter may make a return to the Octagon.

White (right) speaks with Nurmagomedov during a press conference for UFC 229.White (right) speaks with Nurmagomedov during a press conference for UFC 229.
However, according to ESPN, White and Nurmagomedov met in Las Vegas, and the Russian instructed White he doesn’t intend to battle once more.

“Khabib is retired and doesn’t wanna hold up the division,” White instructed ESPN by way of textual content message. “Tonight was our final meeting and he is retired.”

With the light-weight championship belt vacant, White told ESPN that the UFC is finalizing a light-weight title battle between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira for UFC 262 on May 15.

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