| Last updated
Following the death of his father, Khabib announced his decision to call time on his stint in the Octagon in October after his win over Justin Gaethje - having promised his mother it would be the last time he would compete.
White had been trying to convince the Dagestani fighter to return for a 30th bout but he is staying true to his word and that has been accepted by the UFC following a final meeting.
He retires with a stunning undefeated 29-0 record in MMA on the whole, including 13 victories inside the Octagon to put himself well in contention for GOAT status in UFC.
Since his UFC debut in January 2012 against Kamal Shalorus, Khabib completely and utterly dominated the lightweight division and captured the title against Al Iaquinta in 2018.
Barely anyone laid a mark on him as incredibly, of the 60 rounds he fought in UFC, Khabib only lost two on the judges' scorecards.
The first was actually against Conor McGregor back in their controversial October 2018 fight at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. McGregor won the third round on the judges scorecard but was ultimately manhandled by Khabib, who submitted him courtesy of a neck crank in the fourth round.
Gaethje, his final opponent, was given the first round of the UFC 254 main event by judges Ben Cartlidge and Sal D'Amato after experiencing some joy with leg kicks and strikes.
29-0 in MMA- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 19, 2021
13-0 in UFC
From Nashville to Fight Island, Khabib Nurmagomedov's unstoppable eight-year run through the UFC is officially at an end
The Eagle retires unmatched and undefeated.
We were lucky to be there for the journey :raised_hands:pic.twitter.com/cKZGiUnS92
But he too ended up tapping out as Khabib's final action in MMA was a tightly wrapped triangle choke in the second round after he countered a leg kick in sensational fashion.
What a career for the 32-year-old and we hope he finds happiness in whatever his next move is - whether it's teaching the talent of tomorrow or pursuing a stint in football.
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read