The reigning UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who announced his retirement after winning the unification fight over Justin Gaitji, can continue his professional career as a fighter.
After a personal conversation with the undefeated Russian lightweight, this was announced by the President of the UFC, Dana White.
“Nobody knew that he would announce his resignation, not even his coach,” the head of the organization told CBS Sports. “I also had no idea and at that moment I thought, ‘My God, you must be kidding.’ But I will tell you the following, and I haven’t told anyone so far – we talked with Khabib and he admitted that he was too emotional that evening after the fight. I have a feeling that he will try 30-0. “
“Yes, I believe he will return. I think he will not retire. You know that his father wanted to see 30-0, and I think he will want to fulfill his father’s wish. “
Recall that last weekend at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, Khabib Nurmagomedov combined the current and interim UFC lightweight titles, finishing American Justin Gaitji by triangle choke in the second round.
Geghard Musasi defeated Douglas Lima to become Bellator champion
The reigning Bellator welterweight champion and grand prix winner, Douglas Lima, failed to win the vacant Bellator middleweight title after losing to MMA veteran Geghard Mousasi at the Bellator 250 in Uncasville.
The championship fight, which became the main event of the event, went through all five rounds, during which Musashi demonstrated his readiness for destructive opponent’s low kicks, and Lima was unable to resist the opponent’s wrestling skills and jab, losing to the experienced Dutchman by unanimous decision with the score of 48-47 and 49-46 twice.
“First of all, I want to dedicate this victory to my country, which is now at war, but I hope that peace will come soon,” the fighter of Armenian descent said in a post-match interview. “I didn’t want to spend too much energy on takedowns, so I did just as much as was necessary to win.”
“Several times he managed to get me with his low kicks – I made an imperturbable face, but in fact it was very painful. It wasn’t easy – Douglas Lima is at his peak and he was big, he didn’t look like welterweight. So I fought smart, took advantage of the technical advantage when the opportunity presented itself, took takedowns and won. Perhaps another guy I would have tried to finish, but I know Lima, so I didn’t bet on that. “