Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘officially retired’, says Dana White

Khabib Nurmagomedov has finally convinced UFC president Dana White that his fighting career is over.

Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) first announced that he was retiring from MMA competition following his lightweight title defense over Justin Gaethje last October at UFC 254. Also citing the consequences of death From his father and coach, Abdulmanap as a promise to his mother, “The Eagle” declared it was over.

However, the announcement did not persuade everyone. White insisted that Nurmagomedov should keep fighting, and in the months since, he has made his pitch in meetings, through the media and more. In the end, however, it was to no avail.

White took to social media on Thursday and, after what appears to be another meeting with Nurmagomedov, said the undefeated Dagestani is “officially retired.”

White shared the news in a caption posted alongside a photo with Nurmagomedov (via Twitter):

29-0 is.

It is officially retired. It was amazing to see you work @TeamKhabib, thanks for EVERYTHING and enjoy what comes next friend

In an Instagram post of his own, Nurmagomedov thanked the UFC and said that “a real conversation between real men” took place between him and White.

Khabib retires undefeated at 29-0 in his MMA career, which includes 13 UFC fights. His streak of perfection includes notable victories over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta, whom he defeated to claim the vacant title in April 2018 at UFC 223.

Shortly after White’s announcement, MMA Junkie confirmed that the UFC will proceed with a lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira, who will headline UFC 262 on May 15.


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