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Conor McGregor responds to Khabib's retirement bombshell

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Conor McGregor (pictured) before his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Conor McGregor (pictured) congratulated Khabib Nurmagomedov after he announced his retirement from the sport. (Getty Images)

Undefeated UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov shocked the world with his sudden retirement from the sport, which sparked praise from all over the world and even from his long-time rival Conor McGregor.

Khabib reaffirmed to so many fans to why he is considered the greatest MMA fighter of all time after he returned to the cage for the first time in over a year on Sunday and submitted Justin Gaethje to defend his lightweight title at UFC 254.

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The Dagestani locked in his formidable triangle choke during the second round, leaving his opponent no option but to tap.

Following the fight, the 29-0 champ announced he would retire from the sport.

Tributes flooded in for the champ, but many took notice of McGregor also wishing his long-time rival the best in retirement.

Khabib defeated McGregor back in 2018 and the bitter lead up to the fight prompted the Dagestani champ to jump towards the Irishman’s team in an infamous post-match spat.

But McGregor put the rivalry behind him and also reiterated his condolences to the Nurmagomedov family after the death of Khabib’s father.

The UFC community were quick to heap praise on Khabib and many labelled him the greatest to ever have competed in the sport.

Khabib breaks down before retirement call

Khabib then broke down in tears in the middle of the octagon as he soaked up his victory, before dropping the bombshell news that he’s retiring.

“This was my last fight,” he said.

“No way I can come here without my father. When UFC call me with Justin, I talk with my mother for three days.

“I promise it will be my last fight. If I give my word, I have to follow this.”

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