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Khabib Nurmagomedov explained the reasons for his retirement

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Khabib Nurmagomedov said that it was not easy for him to end his career at the peak of his fame.


Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov had a hard time deciding to end his career at the height of his fame. He stated this in an interview with ESPN (ESPN).

On Friday, the head of the UFC Dana White, after a meeting with the Russian, announced that Khabib Nurmagomedov has officially retired. On May 15, at the UFC 262 tournament, a fight will take place for the vacant championship belt owned by Khabib Nurmagomedov, between the American Michael Chandler and the Brazilian Charlis Oliveira.

"It's very difficult when you have power, when you're the best in the world, when you're famous, when you have money and you say 'No' to all this," said Khabib Nurmagomedov >. - It is very difficult. People may never understand me, but I really hope they will support my decision.”

“I feel like I need to stop because it seems like every fight, every training camp takes some days of my mother's life. So what should I do? I came into this sport to show who I am and be the best, I became the world champion, the best fighter in any weight class, defended my title three times, defended the belt in the biggest fight in UFC history, what else? Only money fights, and I don’t need money,” the Russian added.

When asked what he would do next, Khabib Nurmagomedov replied: “I have several business projects, I will enjoy time with my family, I have kids, my brothers are still fighting in the UFC so I am going to support them.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov became UFC Lightweight Champion on April 7 2018, defeating American Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision. He defended the title three times against the Irish Conor McGregor, the American Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. 32-year-old Khabib Nurmagomedov spent 29 fights in mixed martial arts without suffering a single defeat. He has been in the UFC since 2012 with 13 wins.

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