Dana White confirms Khabib Nurmagomedov has formally retired.
After months of will-he-or-won’t-he we lastly have our reply … UFC light-weight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has formally retired. The information was confirmed by ESPN and UFC president Dana White late Thursday night.
“29-0 it’s,” White wrote on Twitter. “He’s formally retired. It was unimaginable to look at you’re employed [Khabib] thanks for all the things and revel in no matter is subsequent my pal.”
Nurmagomedov shocked the MMA world by asserting he was retired following his UFC 254 win over Justin Gaethje. The champion acknowledged he promised his mom he wouldn’t combat after the dying of his father and longtime coach. Nurmagomedov amassed a 29-0 skilled file over the span of his profession.
Many, together with White, had been unable to simply accept his retirement and White teased the opportunity of his return on many events. The pair had a number of conferences the place White hoped to persuade Nurmagomedov to return and achieve the 30-0 standing he needed for him.
Nurmagomedov holds wins over the likes of Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Al Iaquinta and Rafael dos Anjos amongst many others. He’s credited with bringing MMA to his dwelling nation of Dagestan.
His profession was not with out controversy as he was concerned in a post-fight incident with Conor McGregor and his cornermen that White thought-about being a darkish second in UFC historical past. He was additionally out and in of a combat with Tony Ferguson over the course of 5 years. That combat by no means got here to fruition.
Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will now combat for the vacant light-weight championship at UFC 262 on Might 15.
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