Khabib Nurmagomedov just RETIRED FROM MMA — after choking out Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
Khabib essentially said he doesn’t want to continue in the sport without his father, who passed away earlier this year after a bout with COVID-19
Gaethje proved dangerous — throwing bombs at the lightweight champ — but ultimately, Khabib’s ground game proved too strong … and he caught Justin in a triangle choke in the 2nd round.
Afterward, Khabib broke down in the octagon sobbing … overcome with emotion in his first fight since the passing of his father.
Justin and Khabib embraced after the fight — nothing but respect between these two.
“God give me everything,” Khabib said in the post fight interview … “This is my last fight. Ain’t no way I come here without my father.”
Khabib ends his career 29-0 — defeating superstars like Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Gaethje and more.
Khabib says he’s thought long and hard about his career — and is certain his decision to retire will stand. It’s not a publicity stunt.