Nurmagomedov submits Gaethje in second round at UFC 254

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Khabib Nurmagomedov dispatched Justin Gaethje in the second round of the UFC 254 main event. Nurmagomedov won the super fight by submission with a triangle choke.

The fight was stopped at 1:24 by referee Jason Herzog at Yas Island in Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi.

UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov talks during his post-fight interview following his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
Khabib Nurmagomedov talks during his post-fight interview following his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 (Photo by the UFC/Instagram)

This was the 32-year-old Nurmagomedov’s first fight since his father died in July from complications due to the coronavirus. And it’ll be his last, as he has announced his retirement.

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The Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia native walked away from the sport with a perfect record. He retires with a 29-0 mark.

“No way I’m going to come here without my father,” Nurmagomedov said after the fight.

This was his 11th submission win in his career. He also has eight wins by knockout and an additional 10 wins by decision.

His past three wins have been won by submission. He defeated Conor McGregor by a neck crank submission at UFC 229.

Then, Sept. 2019, he defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 with a rear-naked choke submission.

With his retirement, the UFC lightweight championship will be up for grabs down the road. Before the fight, Gaethje threw down his interim belt when he defeated Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.

“The Highlight” dropped to 22-3 in his career. This; however, was his first loss by submission.

Related: UFC’s Tony Ferguson wants Dustin Poirier fight

Gaethje was also defeated by Poirier in April 2018 at UFC on FOX 29. He lost that bout by TKO (Punches).

He also was defeated by Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218. Like the fight with Poirier, Gaethje was knocked out in the bout with a knee.

This loss to Nurmagomedov snapped his first fight win streak.

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