However, arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time is officially retired after Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White confirmed it on Twitter on Thursday.
The 32-year-old finished with a perfect 29-0 career record and 13-0 UFC record, also retiring as the lightweight champion.
Nurmagomedov’s father and coach, Abdulmanap, died in July 2020 after complications from Covid-19. Nurmagomedov said he talked with his mother for three days before deciding to accept the fight with Gaethje.
An emotional Nurmagomedov said after his July fight: “Today, this was my last fight. Ain’t no way I’m going to come here without my father.”
Despite announcing his retirement, White had reportedly held out hope that the Dagestani fighter might make a return to the Octagon.
“Khabib is retired and doesn’t wanna hold up the division,” White told ESPN via text message. “Tonight was our final meeting and he is retired.”