UFC 254 – Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE RESULTS: Khabib RETIRES from UFC in shocker after submitting Gaethje – The Sun

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has shockingly RETIRED from UFC after defeating Justin Gaethje by submission at UFC 254.

Khabib went to 29-0, and after paying an emotional tribute to his late father he said that he will now retire from the UFC.

  • Khabib won by a triangle choke in the second round
  • His UFC lightweight title was on the line

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    HIDDEN INJURY

    Khabib apparently broke his foot a few weeks ago, but decided to not tell anyone, according to Dana White.

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    ACTION SHOTS

    Khabib made Gaethje tap and immediately broke down in tears before announcing his retirement.

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    CONOR MCGREGOR REACTS

    Conor McGregor has congratulated Khabib on his performance tonight, and wished him well in retirement. Classy, despite their incredibly heated rivalry over the past several years.

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    BIZARRE JUDGING

    It wouldn't be a real fight night without some dodgy scoring, though, would it?

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    LEGACY INTACT

    Khabib will no doubt go down as one of the greatest to ever do it.

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    LIGHTWEIGHT PHENOM

    Well, there's no doubt Khabib Nurmagomedov goes down as the greatest lightweight of all time. He retires 29-0, a feat pretty much unheard of in MMA.

    And tonight he decided it was time to hang those 4oz gloves up.

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    WHAT A TRIBUTE

    Khabib promised his mother he wouldn't fight without his father ever again.

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    RETIRED

    Khabib Nurmagomedov has announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.

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    LEGEND

    Unbelievable from Khabib. No-one expected that performance or that announcement.

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    GAETHJE SPEAKS

    “I felt alive, that's why I stepped in here man,” he says.

    “My endorphins have been released. Khabib did what he had to do. He made his father so proud.

    “I fight for a living, the best thing about being choked out is that there's nothing consequential to your health.

    “I said I had five wars left and I haven't had one since I said that.

    “Six to eight weeks I want to fight again.”

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    KHABIB RETIRES

    “God gives me everything. Thank you for these guys with me and to my father, all my team, I love them so much. Thank you,” he says.

    “Today, I want to say this is my last fight.

    “When UFC called me about Justin, I spoke with my mother and I said I wouldn't fight without father.

    “And if I give my word, then I must follow it. UFC must make me No 1 pound for pound fighter in the world, because I deserve it.

    “I want to say thank you to Lorenzo and Dana.

    “All this UFC team, everybody, they made a great show.

    “Thank you to Justin, thank you brother. I know how you take care of your people. One day something will happen for you, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.

    “Today is my last fight here in the UFC.

    “Dustin and Conor will fight in January but I choked them out already.”

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    TAP CITY

    What a truly astounding performance from Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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    KHABIB BEATS GAETHJE

    Khabib has broken down in tears on the floor, after absolutely dismantling his opponent Justin Gaethje.

    He is truly the best fighter in the world.

    The takedown came from nowhere, and just like that, it was all over.

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    KHABIB MAKES GAETHJE TAP!!!!!!!

    ROUND 2

    WOW. That was ridiculous.

    Khabib begins with the relentless pressure again as he tries with both punches and kicks to start the round.

    The Dagestani then gets a takedown before getting him into triangle position and making him tap!!!!!!

    What a performance from Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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    KHABIB VS GAETHJE

    ROUND 1

    Both fighters incredibly weary of each other in the opening exchanges but Khabib opens up with a right hand before Gaethje replies with the same.

    Gaethke then tries a leg kick but misses and Khabib goes for a takedown but sees his efforts snuffed out.

    Though the round started slow, the second half is more frantic as Khabib stalks his opponent..

    Khabib is absolutely relentless in there but he runs into a big left hand before the end of the round. Great opening stanza, which ends just after Khabib secures his first takedown of the fight.

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    KHABIB VS GAETHE!

    HERE WE GO! ROUND 1 STARTS NOW!

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    HERE HE IS

    We're just moments away!!!

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    NEARLY THERE

    Khabib is walking out as we speak. Nearly time in Abu Dhabi.

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    GAETHJE MAKES THE WALK

    Here he comes! Khabib to walk next.

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    TOUCHING TRIBUTE

    Khabib's father passed away earlier this year. Tonight he fights without him watching for the very first time.

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    HYPED

    These two are about to throw down. What a huge fight for the lightweight division.

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    29-0?

    Khabib is one of the baddest men on the planet. More of this tonight?

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    KHABIB VS GAETHJE IS UP NEXT!!!!

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    WHITTAKER SPEAKS

    “He was tough, really tough,” he says.

    “I'm just happy with the win, after my fight in July, me and my team just wanted to get back in there.

    “And I got a nice and classy win.

    “Happy to get the win. I'm going straight home to for Christmas.”

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    WHITTAKER BEATS CANNONIER!!!

    He deserved the win, he was better in at least two of those three rounds according to the judges, who give scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

    Rematch with Izzy?

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