UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov putting Justin Gaethje to sleep and improving his MMA career to 29-0 was impressive enough.
But Nurmagomedov has spoken of retirement before, and his announcement confirmed he is finished with the sport after running through most of the UFC lightweight division.
"Mother does not want me to do this without Father", Nurmagomedov said.
"This was my last fight", the athlete said after defeating American Justin Gage at the Absolute Fighting Championship (UFC) 254 tournament.
Following his victory, the 32-year-old said he had honoured the memory of his father, coach and mentor Abdulmanap, who died in July following complications arising from Covid-19.
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UFC president Dana White joined the tributes and revealed at a news conference as Fight Island ended that Khabib Nurmagomedov had broken his foot in the build-up to Saturday's event. "I promised her this was going to be my last fight", Nurmagomedov continued. And if I keep my word, I have to follow this. Today is my last fight in the UFC. "Justin and Conor [McGregor] will fight in January, I have choked both out; I am not interested in this", he added. Cutelaba immediately protested, and the UFC quickly moved to rebook the fight.
'I know only one thing I want from UFC, you guys have to be me on No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, because I deserve this'.
"Thank you to these guys with me, with my father more than 10 years".
Nurmagomedov won the lightweight title belt in April 2018 when he defeated Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision. If Nurmagomedov's retirement sticks, it will certainly go down as the most cursed fight in combat sports history. Never told anybody, walking around.