’29-0 it is’: Dana White confirms that UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has ‘100 per cent officially retired’ after failing to convince unbeaten lightweight champion to continue
- Khabib Nurmagomedov has officially retire from UFC with an unbeaten record
- President Dana White confirmed the news on Twitter on Thursday evening
- The Dagestani fighter had always said he would retire after death of his father
Khabib Nurmagomedov has officially retired from UFC, according to president Dana White.
Nurmagomedov had suggested that his time in the octagon had come to an end following the death of his father last year.
He leaves the sport with an untarnished record, the longest-reigning lightweight champion finishing with a record of 29 straight victories.
Khabib Numragomedov (right) has officially retired from UFC, according to Dana White
The UFC president made the announcement on Twitter after meeting the fighter on Thursday
Khabib also posted on his Instagram to thank White and the UFC family, and in particular White, for their help down the years.
‘It was a good dinner with some great people,’ he wrote.
‘Dana White, thank you so much brother and the entire UFC team for the opportunity to prove myself, you guys have changed many live 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 team, sparing partners and all fans. I hope you will accept my decision and understand me.’
The Dagestani fighter retires with an unbeaten record having held the lightweight title
Khabib’s last fight in the octagon saw him beat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi
White had earlier posted: ’29-0 it is. He is 100 per cent officially retired. It was incredible to watch you work @TeamKhabib thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend.’
Khabib retires as the longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the belt from April 2018 up until quitting the sport.
His last fight came against Justin Gaethje last October, when he successfully defended his title once more on Fight Island.
Khabib admitted after the death of his father Abdulmanap (left) that he was ready to quit
Afterwards, he emotionally placed his gloves in the middle of the ring to signal his retirement, having reportedly sworn on his father’s grave that he would give up the sport.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died in 2020 following complications having contracted the coronavirus.
White had previously sought to convince the 32-year-old to continue, convincing him to follow the fortunes of Conor McGregor on his return to the octagon to see if a rematch with the Irishman could tempt him.
However, McGregor’s defeat put paid to any hopes of a tantalizing grudge match.