UFC 254: Khabib Leaves With No Doubt
If there was any doubt that Khabib Nurmagomedov is the best lightweight on the planet, there certainly isn’t now.
Stylistically Justin Gaethje promised to be his toughest opponent to date, but even Gaethje was no match for one of the greatest mixed martial artists we are ever likely to see.
A triangle choke ended matters, and much more, in the 2nd round of their UFC lightweight championship contest at UFC 254.
Khabib was relentless, and you can only imagine what it must be like to face him in a cage. The undisputed champion announced his retirement immediately after the fight, and if this was indeed his last contest, he leaves his sport unbeaten in 29 fights, and in truth, was rarely threatened in any of those fights.
Gaethje will likely return to battle for the vacant crown, and whoever he fights they are highly unlikely to pose anywhere near the problems tonight’s opponent gave him.
Khabib has defeated his three toughest opponents with relative ease, Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and now Gaethje all found him far too much to deal with.
In his retirement speech Khabib asked to be installed as the pound-for-pound number 1, few will argue.