• Khabib Nurmagomedov set in retirement: ‘What else is there to do?’
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    Khabib Nurmagomedov set in retirement: ‘What else is there to do?’

    UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov stunned the world not only with his performance at UFC 254, but also with his surprise retirement announcement. Even his coach, Javier Mendez, didn't know that Khabib was going to call it a career after he put Justin Gaethje to sleep. The only thing that Khabib asked when he made his announcement was to be ranked No. 1 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound ranking, which is a ranking voted on by journalists, including MMAWeekly.com's Ken Pishna and Jeff Cain. Khabib displaced Jon Jones at No. 1 in the latest rankings update, achieving his final goal. Jones wasn't happy about it, calling it "No. 1 bulls--t!" but Khabib certainly was pleased. He even mentioned it in an interview with Russia's RT Sport, saying there is nothing left for him to accomplish. "Everyone reacts differently. Of course Dana [White] wants me to continue fighting and generate revenue. (But) I can make money myself. I’m at the peak of my career, but I made this decision and I think this is the best time for me to make it," Khabib said. “Not everyone can retire at their peak, but I know that in a year, two or five, I’d have to face that decision again. I did enough in the sport to be considered the best.” Khabib's retirement stats include a 29-0 spotless overall record, including 13 UFC victories. He won the UFC lightweight championship and defended it three times, including the submission of Gaethje. He rocketed to superstardom when he finished Conor McGregor at UFC 229, which was one of his three title defenses. Of Khabib's 13 UFC bouts, only twice did he lose a round on the scorecards. He also holds or is tied for several UFC records. Khabib finished 19 of his 29 overall bouts inside the duration. Early in his career, he won two one-night tournaments: one was a four-man tournament, the other was an eight-man tournament. Now he stands atop the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings, which he believes puts a stamp on a stellar career. "Today I was ranked the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, so the mission is accomplished," Khabib said. "What else is there to do? Make money? I’ll always be able to do that." TRENDING > Jon Jones calls Khabib’s No. 1 ranking No. 1 bullsh## https://twitter.com/RTSportNews/status/1321191262658199553?s=20 Fighters react to Khabib Nurmagomedov retirement (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor: Epic trash talking moments
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    Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor: Epic trash talking moments

    Khabib Nurmagomedov just retired and is being mentioned as a contender for No. 1 pound-for-pound best fighter in UFC history. We gathered a collection of some of the best trash talking moments from his longtime heated rivalry with Conor McGregor. The fight and rivalry with McGregor was a large part of what rocketed Khabib's career into the stratosphere. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Jon Jones bites back at Khabib Nurmagomedov being called the UFC’s GOAT Related Video > Khabib Nurmagomedov's fellow fighters chime in on his UFC 254 surprise retirement (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

  • UFC Fighters’ Pay Lawsuit Nears Class Action Stage With Long Road Ahead
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    UFC Fighters’ Pay Lawsuit Nears Class Action Stage With Long Road Ahead

    It’s been six years since three former UFC fighters—Cung Le, Nathan Quarry and Jon Fitch—sued the MMA promotion company for allegedly using monopoly power to suppress fighters’ earnings. The federal case, which began in California and is now in Nevada, is likely years away from resolution. Yet an important pretrial ruling is soon expected: U.S. […]