Khabib Nurmagomedov Expresses Gratitude To Javier Mendez Following Retirement

Khabib Nurmagomedov has sent a heartfelt message to his coach Javier Mendez.

Nurmagomedov fought for the final time in his pro MMA career this past Saturday, October 24. Nurmagomedov collided with Justin Gaethje in a lightweight title unification bout. The title fight headlined UFC 254. Nurmagomedov put Gaethje to sleep with a triangle choke in the second round.

After the fight, Nurmagomedov took his gloves off and laid them in the center of the Octagon. “The Eagle” announced his retirement from pro MMA competition.

Mendez took to his Instagram account to reflect on his time with Nurmagomedov.


“You came into my life in 2012, now you’re in my life for life. A coach & a fighter’s relationship only a coach and the fighter can really understand. But love, respect & true loyalty the whole world understands and Khabib Nurmagomedov, you are all of that and more.”

Nurmagomedov responded to Mendez by expressing gratitude in a recent post on his Instagram account.

“Our connection will forever be fixed in my heart coach, you [were] a great inspiration for me always, since the first days I came to AKA. Love you coach, Javier Mendez.”

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