(CNN)Following his gorgeous retirement after his most up-to-date title protection, tributes have poured in to reward the undefeated Final Combating Championship (UFC) profession of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
After defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to defend his light-weight title, Nurmagomedov introduced he would retire with an ideal 29-0 profession document and 13-0 UFC document.
“At this time, this was my final struggle,” he mentioned. “Ain’t no method I’ll come right here with out my father.”
Nurmagomedov’s father and coach, Abdulmanap, died in July after problems from Covid-19. Nurmagomedov mentioned he talked together with his mom for 3 days earlier than deciding to just accept the struggle with Gaethje.
Nurmagomedov’s contemporaries have praised him since he shocked the UFC world.
Conor McGregor, who misplaced to Nurmagomedov in 2018, congratulated the 32-year-old and paid his respects to his father.
“Good efficiency, Khabib,” the Irishman said on Twitter. “I’ll keep on. Respect and condolences in your father once more additionally. To you and household.”
Former UFC champions Daniel Cormier called Nurmagomedov the “biggest champion in UFC historical past” whereas Jon Jones — who has efficiently defended his personal UFC titles 11 instances — said the Russian’s retirement within the octagon following his victory over Gaethje was a “highly effective second.”
“I need to congratulate Khabib for an excellent profession. I do know he made his father, together with tens of millions of followers all over the world, extremely proud at this time. Might God proceed to bless him on his journey.”
Present UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic referred to as his profession a “pleasure to look at,” whereas British fighter Darren Until said Nurmagomedov was among the many greatest ever Blended Martial Arts fighters of all time.
“Getting emotional watching this. Wow. Khabib respecting his mom and following via together with his phrase. What a person. Deffo a high 5 goat of MMA. Comfortable retirement.”
Shortly after his victory, Nurmagomedov posted a photograph of himself together with his father on social media with the caption, “When ALLAH with you, no person can broke (sic) you, no person. Thanks Father for every little thing, you train all my life, could ALLAH grant you the very best Paradise.”
“She do not (need me) to go struggle with out father, however I promised her it is going to be my final struggle,” he mentioned in a post-match interview. “And if I give my phrase, I’ve to observe this.”
He additionally mentioned it was his first time preventing with out his father.