After an impressionable win this past October 24th, UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov announced he was officially retiring from the MMA on Saturday with a perfect 29-0 record.
Before his announcement, he previously mentioned desiring to be named the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter before officially retiring. He reached that goal after taking former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ spot in the official rankings.
Nurmagomedov returned to the ring for the first time since the death of his father this year. He revealed that he promised his mother he wouldn’t continue his career after this final fight. After speaking to a few press outlets, he seems at peace with his decision, stating:
“Of course (UFC president) Dana (White) wants me to continue fighting and generate revenue,” Nurmagomedov said in Russian. “I can make money myself. I’m at the peak of my career and can fight for very large purses, but I made this decision, and I think this is the best time. I did enough in the sport to be considered the best. Today, I was ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, so the mission is accomplished. What else is there to do? Make money? I’ll always be able to do that.”
Achieving one’s goals is always a personal decision between knowing when to continue fighting and when to give up the fight. Nurmagomedov is now choosing to give up the battle and focus on his family.
Pro fighters weighed in with their own thoughts about Nurmagomedov’s retirement speech. Tony Ferguson believes he won’t last outside of the ring for too long. “Go handle your family business, and I’ll see you when you get here,” Ferguson told Submission Radio. “Because you’re going to miss it like Conor (McGregor). So you know what? I’m calling it out again: He’s going to be back, so I’ll be (expletive) ready.”
What do you think about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement announcement? Do you think he’ll return?