Khabib Nurmagomedov shocked many of his fans when he publicly announced his unexpected retirement at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 254. What stunned most people about the sudden retirement was that it came when he had beaten Justin Gaethje in the much-awaited October 24th UFC headliner. This was the third time the martial arts king was defending his global lightweight championship at UFC. Before the glorious win, Khabib had taken part in various mighty fights, including the victorious fight against the former UFC champion Conor McGregor.
Having worked under his dad, the all-rounded fighter developed an impressive game culminating in his most recent victory, having climbed up to the UFC champion title. However, his retirement may have been triggered by his dad’s death, who has mentored him continuously throughout his
fighting career. In his retirement speech, he quoted that it was hard to play without his dad and that he had consulted his mom about it. If the retirement lasts, it will end his fighting career with a meticulous record of 29-0.
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The Eagle Could Soar Again
Although Khabib Nurmagomedov clearly announced his retirement, there are speculations that he is not done with Mixed Martial Arts. There are guesses that his retirement may not last that long, and he may be coming back. Being the UFC lightweight champion at the time of his retirement, he continues to hold the title because the championship company did not strip him of this title. This may be the reason a majority of his fans are anticipating his return in the cage. Javier Mendez, who has been his coach for a long time, gave a long speech insinuating that the champion will not be away for long.
Apart aside from the comeback rumblings, it is expected that Khabib, populously referred to as ‘The Eagle,’ may turn to helping emerging fighters. The champion’s coach gave a long speech in which he indicated that Khabib is welcome to assist the MMA team should he express a willingness to do so. This is another reason why Khabib’s fans think that the famous champion is not done with MMA. He also added that the lightweight legend is playing mind games with his opponents. Follow and bet on upcoming fights with Betway for a chance to win big with the leading bookmakers.
There is also word that Khabib Nurmagomedov has been involved in a wide range of philanthropic work. Opening gyms in multiple places across the world is one of the many charitable activities he has participated in after retirement. It is suggested that by so, he is fulfilling his dad’s dreams because he is making it easy for the underprivileged children to access gym services and facilities. Although the 2020 UFC championship winner has announced his retirement, he is done with MMA. According to Dana White, UFC president, Khabib was quite emotional after he won over Gaethje. Therefore, his fans can expect his return since the doors are not completely closed when he comes to fighting in Octagon.
At 32, he has already reached the summit of MMA with convincing victories, but his fans, and the broader UFC fraternity feels that he may be hanging his gloves a little too soon. The odds for him getting back from the premature retirement continue to drop, which could be some news to his fans.