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[ARCHIVES] Khabib Announces Retirement After Win, Fighters React – MMA Root


A year ago to this day, Khabib Nurmagomedov folded his glove after his last competition at UFC 254. What follows is our immediate coverage of this historic event in its original, unchanged form, courtesy of the MMA News Archive.


Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Justin Getzhi was put up in every possible way.

The fight became the main event of UFC 254 Pay-Per-View on Saturday (October 24, 2020) at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, also known as Fight Island.

As can be seen from the battle, Khabib was at his best from the very beginning. He continued to pick up his pace and never walked away from Gotji, who cut him several times. In the second round, Khabib blocked the choke triangle to win.

Nurmagomedov retained the UFC lightweight champion and increased his pro-MMA record to 29-0. After the fight, he announced his retirement from the sport, promising his mother that this would be the last time. He lost his father earlier this year.

Entering this fight, Khabib said that the magic number for retirement in his head was 30-0. He was one step away from that, and he expressed interest in fighting former UFC middle and welterweight champion Georges Saint-Pierre to fill that role. The fight against Tony Ferguson was also considered an opportunity for Khabib, although some might argue that he needed a win before doing it.

Let’s see how the fighters reacted to the outcome of this battle:

UFC 254 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Getji, Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier