The nerves in the world of MMA were again tense on Saturday evening. The Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is easily addressed by his first name, competed with the American Justin Gaethje for the world title in the lightweights.
The unbeaten defending champion Khabib had already won his 29 previous professional camps, but also challenger Gaethje was able to present strong figures with 2 defeats in 24 camps. But Khabib lived up to his favorite role: in round 2 he clamped Gaethje with his leg and it was immediately game over.
After the camp, Khabib burst into tears. The Russian lost his father, who was also his coach, and felt a defeated man despite his new title. During the interview in the ring, he surprisingly announced his retirement from the sport.
“This was my last fight. I can’t come back here without my father,” Khabib opened. “When they called me to sign the camp with Gaehtje, I spoke to my mother for three days. She said I couldn’t fight without a father with me. I promised her that it would be my last camp. And I will stick to my word.”
“I ask one more thing and that is that the UFC puts me at number one in the pound-for-pound ranking (the ranking across all weight divisions, ed.). Given my unbeaten status and my earnings, I deserve that,” said Nurmagomedov.
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