Khabib: I never contemplated returning

Khabib Nurmagomedov unexpectedly retired in the Octagon at UFC 254, following a dominant win over now-former interim champion Justin Gaethje. As the youngest son, Nurmagomedov lived in his parent’s home, with the aim of supporting them in their late age. Following the death of his father Abdulmanap in July due to complications from COVID-19, “The Eagle” became head of household. Thus there was great pressure on him not to take the final title defense at all, as it entailed leaving home for an extended period to prepare for the bout in the Fight Island bubble in Abu Dhabi.

UFC president Dana White and Nurmagomedov's manager, Dominance MMA founder Ali Abdelaziz both naturally hoped for another fight. Commentator and friend of the Nurmagomedov family, Ramazan Rabadanov, said Khabib was simply holding out until Islam Makhachev got as close as possible to the title, so the belt could be passed on to a comrade. Khabib stayed in the USADA testing pool, leaving his options open, and expressing interest in a superfight vs. welterweight GOAT Georges St-Pierre.

However, on Thursday, White told ESPN that Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially retired; "The Eagle" talked about it with Megan Olivi on the ESPN+ UFC Fight Night Post Show for UFC Vegas 22.

“It’s very hard when you have power, when you’re the best in the world, when you’re famous, when you have money and say [no] to everything, like these things," said Khabib. "This is very hard. People maybe never going to understand me but I really hope they’re going to support my decision.

“Because everybody has their views. My views and my relationship with my mother, like I feel I have to stop because I feel like in every fight, in every training camp, everything, this is some age from my mother. It’s like what do I have to do?”

Khabib was asked if he ever contemplated coming back.

“No, but Dana called this official,” said Nurmagomedov with a laugh. “But I retired like five, six months ago. It’s very funny. Dana told me when he posted this, he said someone write me comment about, ‘He retired not today, he retired like five months ago.’ It’s funny a little bit, but we have some conversations with Dana a couple of times. Like two days ago, we meet with him, sit, talk like two real men. We have a very good conversation with him, good dinner.

“I really appreciated him. Everything what he did, not only for me, but for all this sport. Because UFC’s a big platform. A lot of people around the world because of UFC make money and give food for his kids, for clothes. They’re doing a great job. That’s why I want to say thank you to all UFC team. Lorenzo, Dana, everyone who signed me, Joe Silva, like everybody, Sean Shelby. These guys are doing a great job. Because of these people, a lot of people have money, they have food for their family. Thank you guys.”

“I come to this sport to show who I am, to become the best. I am a world champion. I am pound-for-pound No. 1. I defended my title three times. I won biggest fight in UFC history. What else? Only money. Only money fights but I don’t need money fights. It’s like everything what we did with my father since I was a kid. Like when I began training on mats, in my village, inside the house. When father put me wrestling with a bear, when I told him ‘hey, this bear tried to bite me’ and I remember when told me ‘bite him back, no problem, you have to wrestle, you have to keep going.’ Since when I was a kid, how we grew up with each other, how father take care of me and everything.

“Then I become world champion combat sambo. I become two-time world champion combat sambo. Then I have 16-0 outside the UFC. Then the UFC signs me and I have a 13 win streak, become a world champion, everything. I’m very happy about all my journey. Right now, I feel I don’t have nothing to prove, to show people who I am. I do everything in this sport. I feel I don’t need to do nothing. Two days ago, when I talk with Dana, I tell him everything that I feel and he said he’s going to support me anyways. I’m very happy about this.”

The lightweight GOAT was asked what his legacy in MMA is.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” he replied. “This is a people decision. When I was fighting, my decision, my job was smash my opponents and I did this perfectly. Nobody was close. I defended my title three times. I don’t know. This is people’s decision.”

And what's next?

“I have some business projects,” Nurmagomedov said. “I’m going to make money. I’m going to enjoy my life. I have kids. I have my brothers, they’re still fighting in the UFC. I’m going to support them.

“I’m going to be around guys. I’m not going to let you guys miss me. Inside the cage, I don’t feel I have to go inside the cage and do something. I fight 29 times. I think it’s enough.”

Nurmagomedov fought professionally for twelve years, the last eight in the UFC, achieving a perfect 29-0 record. Even more astonishingly, he lost only a single round in the big show, to Conor McGregor. It is a record of dominance unmatched in league history.

Fans of mixed martial arts should be happy, not sad, about the retirement. In a sport that leaves so many broken, this is a perfect ending, to a literally perfect career.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXIAvhvSLFo

ht/ Damon Martin for MMA Fighting

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Khabib Nurmagomedov unexpectedly retired in the Octagon at UFC 254, following a dominant win over now-former interim champion Justin Gaethje. As the youngest son, Nurmagomedov lived in his parent’s home, with the aim of supporting them in their late age. Following the death of his father Abdulmanap in July due to complications from COVID-19, “The Eagle” became head of household. Thus there was great pressure on him not to take the final title defense at all, as it entailed leaving home for an extended period to prepare for the bout in the Fight Island bubble in Abu Dhabi.

UFC president Dana White and Nurmagomedov's manager, Dominance MMA founder Ali Abdelaziz both naturally hoped for another fight. Commentator and friend of the Nurmagomedov family, Ramazan Rabadanov, said Khabib was simply holding out until Islam Makhachev got as close as possible to the title, so the belt could be passed on to a comrade. Khabib stayed in the USADA testing pool, leaving his options open, and expressing interest in a superfight vs. welterweight GOAT Georges St-Pierre.

However, on Thursday, White told ESPN that Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially retired; "The Eagle" talked about it with Megan Olivi on the ESPN+ UFC Fight Night Post Show for UFC Vegas 22.

“It’s very hard when you have power, when you’re the best in the world, when you’re famous, when you have money and say [no] to everything, like these things," said Khabib. "This is very hard. People maybe never going to understand me but I really hope they’re going to support my decision.

“Because everybody has their views. My views and my relationship with my mother, like I feel I have to stop because I feel like in every fight, in every training camp, everything, this is some age from my mother. It’s like what do I have to do?”

Khabib was asked if he ever contemplated coming back.

“No, but Dana called this official,” said Nurmagomedov with a laugh. “But I retired like five, six months ago. It’s very funny. Dana told me when he posted this, he said someone write me comment about, ‘He retired not today, he retired like five months ago.’ It’s funny a little bit, but we have some conversations with Dana a couple of times. Like two days ago, we meet with him, sit, talk like two real men. We have a very good conversation with him, good dinner.

“I really appreciated him. Everything what he did, not only for me, but for all this sport. Because UFC’s a big platform. A lot of people around the world because of UFC make money and give food for his kids, for clothes. They’re doing a great job. That’s why I want to say thank you to all UFC team. Lorenzo, Dana, everyone who signed me, Joe Silva, like everybody, Sean Shelby. These guys are doing a great job. Because of these people, a lot of people have money, they have food for their family. Thank you guys.”

“I come to this sport to show who I am, to become the best. I am a world champion. I am pound-for-pound No. 1. I defended my title three times. I won biggest fight in UFC history. What else? Only money. Only money fights but I don’t need money fights. It’s like everything what we did with my father since I was a kid. Like when I began training on mats, in my village, inside the house. When father put me wrestling with a bear, when I told him ‘hey, this bear tried to bite me’ and I remember when told me ‘bite him back, no problem, you have to wrestle, you have to keep going.’ Since when I was a kid, how we grew up with each other, how father take care of me and everything.

“Then I become world champion combat sambo. I become two-time world champion combat sambo. Then I have 16-0 outside the UFC. Then the UFC signs me and I have a 13 win streak, become a world champion, everything. I’m very happy about all my journey. Right now, I feel I don’t have nothing to prove, to show people who I am. I do everything in this sport. I feel I don’t need to do nothing. Two days ago, when I talk with Dana, I tell him everything that I feel and he said he’s going to support me anyways. I’m very happy about this.”

The lightweight GOAT was asked what his legacy in MMA is.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” he replied. “This is a people decision. When I was fighting, my decision, my job was smash my opponents and I did this perfectly. Nobody was close. I defended my title three times. I don’t know. This is people’s decision.”

And what's next?

“I have some business projects,” Nurmagomedov said. “I’m going to make money. I’m going to enjoy my life. I have kids. I have my brothers, they’re still fighting in the UFC. I’m going to support them.

“I’m going to be around guys. I’m not going to let you guys miss me. Inside the cage, I don’t feel I have to go inside the cage and do something. I fight 29 times. I think it’s enough.”

Nurmagomedov fought professionally for twelve years, the last eight in the UFC, achieving a perfect 29-0 record. Even more astonishingly, he lost only a single round in the big show, to Conor McGregor. It is a record of dominance unmatched in league history.

Fans of mixed martial arts should be happy, not sad, about the retirement. In a sport that leaves so many broken, this is a perfect ending, to a literally perfect career.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXIAvhvSLFo

ht/ Damon Martin for MMA Fighting

“I really appreciated him. Everything what he did, not only for me, but for all this sport. Because UFC’s a big platform. A lot of people around the world because of UFC make money and give food for his kids, for clothes. They’re doing a great job. That’s why I want to say thank you to all UFC team. Lorenzo, Dana, everyone who signed me, Joe Silva, like everybody, Sean Shelby. These guys are doing a great job. Because of these people, a lot of people have money, they have food for their family. Thank you guys.”

That's pretty cool of him to say

Olivi playing with fire here exposing that much of her body

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