Champion of the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov has reportedly officially retired from mixed martial arts sports.
Confirming the news of his retirement, Dana White, the President of UFC in a post via his official Twitter account said the Russian sportsman has “officially retired” with his perfect scored record of 29-0.
Dana White wrote, “29-0 it is.
“He is officially retired. It was incredible to watch you work @TeamKhabib thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend.”
Shortly after Dana’s announcement, Khabib took his Instagram to affirm the news and thanked Dana White and the entire UFC world for the opportunity he had to compete in the Octagon.
He wrote, “It was a good dinner with some great people.
“Dana White, thank you so much brother and the entire UFC team for the opportunity to prove myself, you guys have changed many lives forever because of this sport.
“Dana – I’ll never forget your attitude towards me, my father did not forget and my sons will remember you. Today there was a real conversation between real men. Also thank you to all my team, sparing partners and all fans.
“I hope you will accept my decision and understand me.”
However, prior to taking a long break from the UFC following his promise to his mother to not compete again, Khabib beat Justin Gaethje in October.
Since then the lightweight division had been in limbo as the division’s champion wasn’t competing. But following his retirement, a new champion will be crowned this year.