As soon as he increased his record to 29-0, Normagomedov left the arena in Abu Dhabi and went on his way. But on Instagram, Kovid posted another tribute to his father, Abdulmanap Normagomedov, who passed away in July from problems.
“When Allah is with you, no one can break you, no one can,” he wrote. “Thank you Father for everything you teach me all my life. Allah will give you the highest Paradise.”
The 32-year-old Dagestan native fell to the canvas after the win and burst into uncontrollable tears. As he struggled back to tears, he explained the reason for his gloves to hang after his teammates cut them off and he put them on the floor.
Here is Normagomedov’s full retirement announcement:
“Thanks to these guys, these guys who have been with me have been with my dad for over 10 years. All my team, AKA with coach Xavier, I love him so much, all over my team. Today, I want to say, this is my last fight. I have no way to get here without my father. This is the first time this has happened to my dad when the UFC called me about Justin. I talk to my mother for three days, I don’t want her to fight without a father. I promised her it would be my last fight, and if I gave my word, I would follow it. This is my last fight here.
“The only thing I know from UFC is that you guys have to be the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world because I deserve it. Another thing, I want to say thank you Lorenzo Fertitta, Thanks Dana, Hunter, everyone. Thank you so much, and I will never forget Joe Silva Who signed me up here at UFC. Joe Silva, thank you. This UFC team, everyone around the world, these whole epidemic elements, they are doing a great show. Thank you so much Justin. Justin, 2016 I remember when I lost weight, you helped me a lot. Thank you brother. I know you are a great person, I know how you treat your people. I know so many things about you, because of your parents, because one day, it’s going to be something. You never know what will happen tomorrow, you never know. ”
With Normagomedov leaving the sport, the UFC will make some tough decisions. Gaitje, Dustin Poyer, Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor And Michael Chandler Gun for all No. 1 spot. So far, only Poier and McGregor have been tied for the match on January 23, but are now ready to grab the belt.
As long as there is competition for the pound-for-pound No. 1 spot, most fighters believe the light champ topped Saturday. When it comes to the sport’s GOAT, Normagomedov’s run is against the All-Time Greats Georges St.-Pierre And Jon Jones.
See Khabib’s retirement speech: