He promised to honour a commitment made to his mother to fight ‘The Highlight’ Justin Gaethje and then call time on his career, refusing to fight without his father in his corner.
The tragic event led Khabib to end his legendary career with a crazy record of 29-0.
Fans were left with a lot of time to reflect on his spell in the Octagon and some would put him among the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time.
To never lose in the UFC is astonishing in its own right, but Khabib’s resume features a submission win against Conor McGregor, during a deeply personal feud, as well as stopping young, exciting fighters such as Gaethje and Dustin Poirier.
While holds, grapples and chokes were his speciality, the Russian was diverse and could finish a fight in many ways. He’s won by submission, by decision and also had his fair share of KO/TKO wins, even doing so against Darrell Horcher.
The Eagle was seemingly unstoppable during his career, picking up win after win, yet it’s remarkable just how little the face of Khabib was damaged, particularly during the last 12 fights of his mind-blowing career.
A user on Reddit (u/FudgingEgo) noticed this and shared an image, which you can see above.
The edit depicts a collection of photos from just after Khabib’s last 12 fights had finished, doing a post-fight interview or reacting to victory, focusing on his face.
Astoundingly, it’s noticeable just how clean his face appears to be after the contests. There doesn’t seem to be a cut, bruise or scar in sight. After some of the legendary wars that Khabib has been through, this image showcases his dominance in the UFC.
Also, Twitter user @MMAHistoryToday has been active on this topic.
A photo of Khabib was posted with the caption: “Never been dropped. Never been cut. Never been bruised. Never Lost. Khabib Nurmagomedov has had an incredible career.”
You’ll find few fight fans who’ll argue with that last statement and the posts accurately sum up the Russian’s invincibility.
It’s a shame we’ll likely never see Khabib step into a UFC Octagon again, but he leaves an incredible legacy behind.