The MMA world is still feeling the effects of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement, with praises and tributes still pouring in from fans and peers alike. Nurmagomedov (29-0) announced his retirement from the UFC in the post fight speech after making Justin Gaethje submit at UFC 254.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, was one of the many who took to praising the “eagle of dagestan’s” career.
“You are a champion”: Sheikh Hamdan on Khabib
The prince took to instagram to post pics of a meeting with Khabib Nurmagomedov. “A champion, both in and out the octagon,” Hamdan captioned, along with an emoji of an eagle –the nickname for Khabib. It is evident that the sheikh had high words for Khabib. The pictures were taken at Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Sports Complex, where Khabib was training for his fight against Gaethje.
Khabib’s retirement saw many people coming forward to offer their appplause. The champ had lost his his father and mentor Abdulmanap, who passed away just month prior to his fight.