Khabib Nurmagomedov Officially Retired, Says UFC Chief Dana White

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

“29-0 is”, white tweeted. “He’s officially retired 100 years old. It was amazing to see you work with Khabib. Thanks for EVERYTHING and enjoy what comes next my friend.”
Nurmagomedov, after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October 2020 to defend his lightweight title for the third time, shocked the world by announcing his retirement.

The 32-year-old finished with a perfect career record of 29-0 and a UFC record of 13-0, and also retired as the lightweight champion.

Nurmagomedov’s father and coach, Abdulmanap, died in July 2020 after complications from Covid-19. Nurmagomedov said he spoke with his mother for three days before deciding to accept the fight with Gaethje.

An excited Nurmagomedov said after their July fight: “Today, this was my last fight. No way am I going to come here without my father.”

Despite announcing his retirement, White had reportedly held out hope that the Dagestan fighter could return to the Octagon.

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White (right) speaks with Nurmagomedov during a press conference for UFC 229.
However, according to ESPN, White and Nurmagomedov met in Las Vegas, with the Russian telling White that he has no intention of fighting again.

“Khabib is retired and he doesn’t want to stop the division,” White told ESPN via text message. “Tonight was our last meeting and he’s retired.”

With the lightweight championship belt vacant, White told ESPN that the UFC is wrapping up a lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira by UFC 262 on May 15.


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