Khabib Nurmagomedovs win over Justin Gaethje leaves Hira Mani overjoyed

Tanya Simon
October 25, 2020

The first time Nurmagomedov was scored losing a round came in his UFC 229 title fight against Conor McGregor.

UFC Dana White has revealed that Khabib Nurmagomedov reportedly suffered a broken foot just three weeks before his fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

"Apparently he was in the hospital, he broke his foot".

'What this guy's been through, we're all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight, ' White said at the post-fight press conference.

"This is my last fight", Nurmagomedov said.

'He has two broken toes and a bone in his foot that's broken, or something like that. "There's no way I'm going to be back without my father".

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"He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet and he's the number-one pound-for-pound fighter in the world and, seriously, you have to start putting him up there with GOAT (greatest of all time) status with whoever else you think is the GOAT".

The former middleweight champion might have looked bad when he lost his belt to Israel Adesanya a year ago, but he looked absolutely sensational on Saturday night in dispatching Jared Cannonier in the UFC 254 co-main event. When UFC comes to me about Justin I spoke with my mother for three days.

After the win, Khabib in his winning speech said that he had promised his mother that this would be his last fight.

Then, fighting in memory of his late father, Abdulmanap, he took Gaethje down early in the second and choked him unconscious with a triangle choke. It was my last fight here.

After a stunning run of 13 wins in eight years and a professional record featuring eight knockouts and 11 submission wins in his 29 victories, few would argue with the 32-year-old who has now left the cage for the last time.

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