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Khabib chokes out Justin Gaethje, announces retirement after the fight

The best lightweight in the history of the sport, and a fighter with a claim to GOAT status, has decided to call it a career.

Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia poses on the scale during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

After his dominating submission of Justin Gaethje in the second round of the main event of UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the sport in the middle of the octagon on Saturday.

He went on to thank many people in the UFC, including former owner Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC President Dana White. He also acknowledged his opponent Gaethje, calling him a great fighter and saying he helped him earlier in his career.

The only request he made was to be the pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the world when the UFC rankings come out on Monday. That will be determined by the MMA media that vote on such rankings, but he’ll have a very good chance of de-throning Jon “Bones” Jones from that current spot.

“The Eagle” has conquered every opponent in front of him in his division, and there is no one left to fight at 155 lbs. There have been rumors of a catchweight bout with one of Khabib’s heroes, Georges St. Pierre, but as of now they are just rumors.

Combat sport participants often retire earlier or later than everyone anticipates they should. We’ll see if this holds and for how long, but as of this moment one of the best to ever do it is calling it a career.