Khabib Nurmagomedov didn’t even inform head coach Javier Mendez he was planning on retiring after UFC 254.
The Russian choked out Justin Gaethje to maneuver to 29-Zero in skilled MMA on Combat Island as he appeared higher than ever towards an opponent who was tipped to be his most harmful.
In hindsight, it couldn’t have been farther from the reality because the Russian lastly received his man on the deck and locked in a triangle choke within the second spherical.
Instantly after the referee waved the bout off, ‘The Eagle’ broke down in tears and proceeded to inform the world he was carried out with combating for good.
“Thanks to those guys with me, with my father greater than 10 years. Coach Jav I really like him a lot. All my group. Thanks,” stated the unbeaten star.
“In the present day I wish to say that is my final struggle. No means am I coming right here with out my father. When UFC involves me about Justin I spoke with my mom for 3 days.
“She didn’t need me to struggle with out father and I stated that is my final struggle – and I’ve given her my phrase.”
Adam Catterall was on Combat Island as a part of talkSPORT’s protection for the occasion and confirmed even the Russian’s head coach at AKA didn’t know he was planning on calling it quits.
Cristiano Ronaldo led the tributes to the 29-Zero famous person, with bitter rival Conor McGregor even sending him a message of help after the spectacular win in Abu Dhabi.