Khabib Nurmagomedov didn’t even tell head coach Javier Mendez he was planning to retire after UFC 254.
The Russian smothered Justin Gaethje to move to 29-0 in professional MMA on Fight Island as he looked better than ever against an opponent who was considered his most dangerous.
Looking back, this couldn’t have been further from the truth as the Russian eventually put his man on deck and locked himself in a triangular choke on the second round.
Immediately after the referee waved the fight, “The Eagle” burst into tears and continued to tell the world that he was done with the fight for good.
“Thanks to these guys with me, with my dad for over 10 years. Coach Jav I love him so much. My whole team. Thank you, ”said the undefeated star.
“Today, I want to say it’s my last fight. I don’t come here without my father. When the UFC tells me about Justin, I spoke with my mom for three days.
“She didn’t want me to fight without a father and I said this was my last fight – and I gave her my word.
Adam Catterall was on Fight Island as part of talkSPORT’s coverage for the event and confirmed that even Russia’s head coach at AKA was unaware he was planning on leaving him.
Cristiano Ronaldo led the tributes to the 29-0 superstar, with bitter rival Conor McGregor even sending him a message of support after the spectacular victory in Abu Dhabi.