Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed that his last fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 will always remain special to him for various reasons. In a recent interaction with Eman Channel, 'The Eagle' revealed why his win against Gaethje stands out from the rest of his victories.
Khabib Nurmagomedov explained that the duel with Gaethje is his favorite because the lead-up was an emotional roller coaster for him. Even the decision to retire in the immediate aftermath of the fight was emotionally overwhelming for the undefeated Russian fighter:
"My favorite fight? I think last fight. It was my favorite when I watched like back in the days. If we talk about training camp, about weight cut, about fight and after fight, everything that happened, it was very emotional day. [Those were] very hard days for me but how I passed this test, I think this is my favorite fight," Khabib Nurmagomedov said.
The death of his father due to complications from COVID-19, a foot injury during training camp, and a grueling weight cut made it a very tough test for Khabib Nurmagomedov. He's glad that he was able to pass with flying colors.
Khabib Nurmagomedov shocked the world after outclassing Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
Khabib Nurmagomedov was simply brilliant on the night. He outclassed an opponent who many thought would be the toughest challenge of his career with relative ease. Nurmagomedov rendered Gaethje unconscious with a triangle choke in the second round, picking up the win via submission.
He shocked the world during the post-fight interview by announcing his retirement from MMA. Nurmagomedov said that he promised his mother he wouldn't fight again. He also said that he doesn't want to fight without the presence of his father. While UFC president Dana White made several attempts to coax Khabib into returning to the octagon, 'The Eagle' wasn't interested.
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To date, Khabib Nurmagomedov has maintained that he will never fight again.