Khabib reveals close pals 'aren't happy' with him over shock UFC retirement and 'can't understand' decision

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV revealed his close friends 'aren't happy' with his UFC retirement and 'can't understand' the decision.

Nurmagomedov made the shock announcement after submitting Justin Gaethje in round two of their UFC 254 headliner on Fight Island.

It was his first fight since the loss of his influential father and mentor Abdulmanap, who passed away aged 57 in July.

Nurmagomedov, 32, made the choice to honour his title defence against Gaethje, 31, but felt now was the perfect time to walk away.

Despite the sentiment, those closest to him were left disappointed that his fighting career is over.

Khabib, per RT Sport, said: “This fight was like no other. The emotions in this fight were completely different.

"Everything was completely different without my father. I was offered the fight right after everything happened.

"I had the decision to accept it or turn it down, nobody knew about this, or retire, or I could come back, fight and then retire.

"Now I tell the people close to me that aren’t happy with me retiring that even if I fought ten more times, I’d still have to face that decision.

"This decision could come up when I’m 32, 34, 35. It’s a hard decision because I’ve been fighting all my life.

"I’ve been on the mats for as long as I remember. It’s difficult to leave and do something else. People can’t understand it, but what can you do?”

Nurmagomedov moved to 29-0 after choking out Gaethje and afterwards dedicated the victory to Abdulmanap.

Previously, Khabib revealed his dad wanted him to retire after 30 bouts, preferably by bringing UFC legend Georges St-Pierre, 39, out of retirement.

And UFC president Dana White believes Nurmagomedov could reverse his emotional decision to retire, and return for one final fight.

As a result, White confirmed Khabib is STILL the lightweight champion, and will not yet to be stripped of the crown.

The Russian also walked away as the UFC's pound-for-pound No1, despite commentator Joe Rogan believing Jon Jones is the greater between the pair.

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