The names of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre They have been sounding together for a long time. Both are considered the best in history and from this Saturday they have another point in common: an early withdrawal. The Canadian left the UFC, in 2013, at the age of 32 and after having cleaned up his division (he was a 12-time welterweight champion and one in the middle in 2017). At UFC 254, the Russian did the same and with the same age. A curious similarity, since Khabib had always said that he would love that fight and St-Pierre maintained that he would only come out of retirement (He returned in 2017 and then confirmed his final goodbye) for that lawsuit. Now, the long shot is what fans are holding on to waiting to see both of them once again in the Octagon.
The UFC is a company in which in recent times many fighters (McGregor, Jones, Cejudo …) have played with retirement. Some have returned and others hint that they will, however Khabib’s case seems different. His father, and mentor, passed away in july and assured that “it was the only fight that I did without him”. Now, “wants to spend time with his mother“. He has given his word, “something that is very important in his culture”, pointed Valentina Shevchenko (born in Kyrgyzstan, but has Peruvian nationality) in the Castilian broadcast of UFC 254. Nurmagomedov’s strong values make a comeback seem unlikely for the momentbut you never know in the future.
For now the data and the open debate remain about whether he is the most dominant champion in history. He has left in his prime, at only 32 years old. It is true that the Russian has been fighting since he was a child and is a fighter who squeezes his body a lot to give light weight (it was difficult for him to do it at UFC 254, in which he had to weigh himself naked), but the feeling, from what was shown to Gaethje, is that he still had rope. His wrestling belongs to another plan and nobody has known how to stop him. He goes undefeated with four UFC belts, in which he cleaned up the lightweight division. Of his 29 fights (13 in the UFC) he has won eight by KO, 11 by submission and 10 by submission. Legend numbers, but there is still more because it ended at Mcgregor, Pear tree and Gaethje (best in class) in his last three fights and has only lost one round in his career. “If I go 30-0 it will be like Mayweather’s 50-0. I never dreamed of being a legend like Ali “, he said before his last fight. He is and his goodbye is precocious.