Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje UFC 254
On October 24, 2020, fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship witnessed the highly-anticipated unification bout between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The build-up to the fight was intense and filled with trash talk from both fighters, with Justin Gaethje promising to end Khabib Nurmagomedovs undefeated streak and the champion vowing to defend his title and continue his dominance in the lightweight division.
The two fighters wasted no time getting to the action when the bell rang. Gaethje came out strong, landing some heavy shots on Nurmagomedov in the early rounds. However, the champion's grappling skills proved too much for Gaethje to handle, as Nurmagomedov took the fight to the ground and controlled it from there.
In the second round, Khabib Nurmagomedov locked in a triangle choke, forcing Justin Gaethje to tap out and solidify his victory. With the win, Nurmagomedov extended his professional record to 29-0 and cemented his status as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history.
The fight was also a significant moment for Nurmagomedov as he dedicated the fight to his late father and coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who passed away earlier in the year.
In the post-fight press conference, Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from MMA, citing his promise to his mother that he would not fight without his father.
The historic fight will is one of the greatest moments in the sport's history, with the champion Khabib Nurmagomedov leaving the octagon with his perfect record and an emotional retirement.