3 days sooner than U.F.C. 254, its headlining famous person Khabib Nurmagomedov informed newshounds that he deliberate to retire because the undefeated, undisputed U.F.C. light-weight champion.
He didn’t say when precisely he deliberate to make that transfer.
It appears, he intended instantly.
Mins after he dispatched Justin Gaethje to unify the U.F.C. light-weight identify, Nurmagomedov, a 32-year-old wrestler from Dagestan, introduced in a post-fight interview that Saturday’s bout used to be his ultimate.
“No way I’m going to come here without my father,” he mentioned within the octagon.
The identify protection towards Gaethje used to be Nurmagomedov’s first combat for the reason that demise in July of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who had coached him since early life, and who had suffered from headaches after a bout with Covid-19.
Nurmagomedov mentioned he talked along with his mom, and the pair made up our minds he must now not proceed his occupation with out his father accountable for his coaching.
“I promised her it was going to be my last fight,” he mentioned. “I have to follow this.”
Nurmagomedov retires with an ideal 29-Zero document, and with a number of big-money fights pending. Previous this 12 months U.F.C. president Dana White teased a blockbuster rematch with Conor McGregor.
For his section, Nurmagomedov again and again brushed aside a 2d McGregor combat, however mentioned he could be considering dealing with the retired U.F.C. welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre.
“Dustin (Poirier) and Conor (McGregor) are going to fight in January. I choked out both of them,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “I’m not interested.”