Khabib Nurmagomedov shocked the world with his decision to retire from MMA following his victory over Justin Gaethje on Saturday at UFC 254.
The Russian cemented his legacy as one of the all-time greats of the sport as he walked away form the octagon with a record of 29-0.
In fact, Khabib was 12-0 in the UFC and that unbeaten run can only be bettered by Anderson Silva.
The 32 year old says he has promised his mother that the Gaethje contest would be his final fight and he doesn’t want to fight without his father in his corner anymore.
So what next Khabib? The UFC great won’t be straying too far away from the sport if this conversation with his coach Javier Mendez is anything to go by.
“We have a lot of young generation guys to coach. We are going to come back on the top very soon. I’m going to help you. I always help you – how many years I help you coach?!”
It makes perfect sense that Khabib would want to coach the next generation of MMA fighters coming out of Russia, guys that he has paved the way for in all fairness. He has many family members competing in MMA, too.
Khabib is already considered one of the greatest of all-time. He finds himself on the GOAT list of many, but Jon Anik and Jon Jones himself believes that Bones is the true number one because of the amount of title defences he racked up.
Given Khabib’s age, it’s not out of the question that he would return at some stage. However, his word has always been most important to him and it’s unlikely he’ll buckle, certainly not for money.
That’s a shame if you’re the UFC. The Khabib Vs Conor McGregor fight at UFC 228 is the company’s most lucrative fight in the history of the sport and many had fought he may well fight Georges St-Pierre in a superfight next year.
Either way, he walks away comfortably in the top five fighters of all-time in UFC.