Khabib Nurmagomedov Submits Justin Gaethje, Retires from MMA After

Khabib Nurmagomedov retires

Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his lightweight title but that isn't the biggest story of the night. Just after he puts Justin Gaethje to sleep, he 
announced his retirement.

The undefeated at 28-0 champion from Dagestan entered the fight with a heavy heart after dealing with a camp without his father. It will be remembered that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away last July due to complications brought by coronavirus.

Despite the heavy emotion, "The Eagle" pt on a masterful performance.

Khabib Submits Gathje

It was a lightweight title unification bout after Gaethje won the interim title by defeating Tony Ferguson. This earned him a shot at Khabib's title.

Gaethje was on a four-fight winning streak and he look confident and unafraid of Khabib's dominance.

It was a feeling-out process in the first round as Khabib was trying to find small openings with jabs while Gaethje mixed it up with leg kicks as well. Gaethje was also landing some good shots which forced Khabib to take things to the ground.

Khabib started to feel some sense of urgency as Gaethje's leg kicks were taking its toll causing him to take his opponent down. That's when he decided to dragged Gaethje to the canvas once again.

That's when Khabib utilize his dominant ground game as he locked Gaethje up in a triangle choke and put him to sleep.

The now undisputed champion broke down in the middle of the ring crying in an emotional moment as he paid tribute to his late father.

Even Gaethje gave credit to this saying “I know he made his father so proud."

"The Eagle" announces his retirement

In the post-fight interview, Khabib announced his retirement and cited his love for his father and a promise to his mother.

“Today I want to say, this was my last fight. No way I can come here without my father,” said Khabib. “I promised (my mother) this would be my last fight,” he said.

“Today is my last fight here in UFC,” Khabib confirmed it again.

If this is truly the last we see of Khabib, let's take time to thank him for 12 years of dominance in the sport.