There was a party in Dagestan following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s victory over Justin Gaethje.
Nurmagomedov faced Gaethje in his final pro MMA bout. The fight headlined UFC 254 and was contested for the undisputed UFC Lightweight Championship. Nurmagomedov was able to dictate the pace of the fight. While “The Highlight” got in some leg kicks, he never truly got going as Khabib’s pressure kept him on his toes. Nurmagomedov went for the armbar in the opening frame but time ran out.
In the second stanza, Nurmagomedov dumped Gaethje to the mat and ended up in full mount quickly. He transitioned to the triangle choke and Gaethje went to sleep. Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after his third successful UFC Lightweight Title defense.
Video footage captured the live reaction of fans in Dagestan as their hero emerged victorious in his final Octagon appearance. You can take a look at the reaction below (via Ruptly).
Nurmagomedov has built a legacy as one of the most dominating fighters in MMA history. He leaves behind a perfect pro record of 29-0. Eight of those wins ended via knockout or TKO and 11 by way of submission. “The Eagle” went 13-0 under the UFC banner with wins over the likes of Gaethje, Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Rafael dos Anjos.