The eagle defeated Justin Gaethje in two rounds at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi before collapsing at the Octagon after the fight.
An emotional Nurmagomedov, whose father died earlier this year, then announced that he would not fight again.
He said, “Today I want to say that this is my last fight. There is no way I will come here without my father. When UFC came to me about Justin, I spoke to my mom for three days. She didn’t want me to fight without it. ”Father. And I said this was my last fight and I gave her my word.
“There is only one thing I want from UFC to position myself as the number 1 pound-for-pound warrior in UFC, the greatest in the world. I think i deserve it. I would like to thank Dana, the Fertita brothers.
“Thank you Justin. I know you are great, I know how to take care of your people. Be close to your parents because you never know what will happen tomorrow. Thank you coach, thank you guys. Today is my last fight in the UFC.
“It was my father’s dream. Dustin [Poirier] and Conor [McGregor] Will fight in January, I suffocated both of them, I don’t care. ”
After the fight, Danis, who has only fought in two professional fights, tweeted, “Khabib is retiring because he’s scared of Conor McGregor.” The tweet was quickly deleted.
Danis is no stranger to Nurmagomedov after they clashed after the Russian’s victory over McGregor in 2018.
The Notorious paid tribute to his rival following the announcement and tweeted, “Good job @TeamKhabib. I will continue. Respect and condolences for your father again. You and your family. Sincerely, The McGregors. ”
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