Khabib Nurmagomedov Only Lost Two Rounds In His Undefeated UFC Career
Khabib Nurmagomedov's glittering MMA career saw him lose just TWO rounds overall.
Still reeling from the loss of his father and coach Abdulmanap, the Dagestani fighter announced his retirement from the sport after an emotional final defence of his lightweight title in the UFC 254 main event against Justin Gaethje.
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.
'The Eagle' has completely dominated the lightweight division since his UFC debut in January 2012 against Kamal Shalorus and incredibly, of the 60 rounds he fought in the entirety of his career, Khabib only lost two.
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 completely manhandled by Khabib, who submitted him courtesy of a neck crank in the fourth round.
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And Gaethje, his final opponent, was given the first round in last night's main event.
Judge Derek Cleary felt Khabib's superior wrestling and late takedown meant he took the opening round but his colleagues Ben Cartlidge and Sal D'Amato went with 'The Highlight', who did have some joy with his striking and leg kicks early on.
But of course Gaethje suffered the same fate as McGregor as despite winning a round, he ended up losing to Khabib - the 32-year-old finishing a decorated career with a triangle choke in the second round.
His latest and final victory is even more impressive when you hear Dana White reveal that Khabib suffered a broken foot three weeks before the bout.
"This is my last fight," Khabib told Jon Anik inside the Octagon after leaving his MMA gloves on the canvas.
"No way I can come here without my father. I promise it will be my last fight. If I give my word, I have to follow this."
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