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“Greatest champion in UFC history”, “GOAT” – Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor, Jon Jones and others react as Khabib Nurmagomedov makes shock retirement decision

Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after UFC 254

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 and announced his retirement right after the fight

The UFC world saw one of its greatest call the curtains as Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the sport.

The Russian came into UFC 254 with a record of 28 wins and no losses in his MMA career. However, there seemed to be a lot playing on Khabib’s mind.

Who won the fight at UFC 254?
Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He had lost his father a few months back and he looked concerned and relieved after the weigh-ins. However, all that tension went down the drain as Khabib dominated Gaethje from the first minute. While some judges gave Gaethje the first round in this title bout, Khabib made a huge statement in the second.

The Russian was doing extremely well to take Gaethje down and submitted the American using an incredible triangle choke.

Gaethje was tapping away but the referee missed that and the American was out cold by the time the ref pulled Khabib off.

This led to an emotional outburst from Khabib as he cried in the Octagon before Gaethje came to console him.

The Russian also took his gloves off and made a huge statement to Jon Anik.

A promise made

Khabib was in tears before the post-fight interview. He praised Gaethje for taking care of his people so well and wanted others to do the same to their parents.

Khabib added that this was his last fight as he made a promise to his mother. The loss of his father seems to be too big a hurdle to cross, and that could have been playing on his mind throughout the camp and fight week.

The Russian ends his UFC career with an incredible 29-0 record but he misses out on that fight with Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre.

Khabib will go down as one of the greatest ever and many UFC stars shared their reactions to this retirement.

While Khabib has been in wars with the likes of Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor, almost everyone had something positive to say about the Russian.

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