The Dagestan monster was anticipated to have his arms full on Sunday when he went up in opposition to Justin Gaethje.
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However as he has performed so usually up to now, Nurmagomedov pressed ahead and ended the combat within the second spherical in what was a pure MMA masterclass.
It was within the aftermath of the combat nevertheless when issues took a flip because the usually brutal and stoic Russian broke down within the centre of the Octagon.
The tears flowed from Nurmagomedov as lastly let go all of the ache he had been holding onto as he obtained his first combat with out his father by his facet.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died in early July as a consequence of problems stemming from a COVID-19 an infection that had seen him hospitalised since April.
His demise rocked the MMA world with fellow fighters and UFC boss sharing their heartfelt condolences to the person who had skilled quite a few champions in judo and the Russian martial arts self-discipline sambo.
After the combat, Khabib posted a transferring tribute to his father on Instagram, importing a picture of the 2 with the caption: “When ALLAH with you, no one can broke you, no one. Thanks Father for every little thing, you train all my life, could ALLAH grant you the best Paradise,” he wrote.
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The demise of his father left Khabib damaged and his emotion was on full show following his newest UFC demolition job.
In his post-fight interview the 29-Zero celebrity dropped the bombshell he can be hanging his gloves up for good and revealed a promise to his mom was behind all of it.
“In the present day, I wish to say this was my final combat,” Nurmagomedov introduced.
“After what occurred with my father, when the UFC referred to as me about Justin, I talked with my mom for 3 days, she didn’t need me to go combat with out father.
“I promised her it’s going to be my final combat. I give my phrase, I’ve to comply with this. It was my final combat.”
Many have tried and did not cease Nurmagomedov with Gaethje changing into the most recent to fall sufferer to his unrelenting attacking combat model.
UFC boss Dana White spilt the beans on an harm Nurmagomedov had sustained within the lead as much as the principle occasion, making his victory all of the extra spectacular.
“What this man’s been by way of, we’re all fortunate that we obtained to see him combat tonight,” White mentioned in his post-fight press convention.
“Apparently he was within the hospital, he broke his foot three weeks in the past. He has two damaged toes and a bone in his foot that’s damaged, or one thing like that. That’s what his nook was telling me.
“By no means informed anyone, strolling round. He is among the hardest human beings on the planet, and he’s the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
“He’s the baddest motherf*cker on the planet.”
Pushing by way of the ache of a damaged foot was nothing in comparison with the load of combating with out his father for the primary time in his profession. And as soon as the combat got here to an finish, the feelings spilt over as Nurmagomedov was in a position to let all of it go.