‘You only have one mother’ – Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t regret retiring from MMA after promise made to his mother


Most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans know the story of Khabib Nurmagomedov and his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. Abdulmanap is the man who trained Khabib and built him to become a world champion! Abdulmanap’s death is one of the reasons for his early retirement. However, his mother is also a big reason why he stopped fighting.

The Eagle recently attended an event in Canada, where he answered many questions from fans. He was confronted with questions about his interest in coaching and also predicted the most likely winner of the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup. However, the moderator also asked Nurmagomedov about his retirement and his mother’s role in the decision. As fans may recall, Khabib’s last fight was at UFC 254.

He fought Justin Gaethje at the event and it was his third title defense. Khabib submitted Gaethje in the main event of the PPV and announced his retirement afterwards. During his post-fight interview, Khabib revealed that he promised his mother not to fight anymore. Later UFC President Dana White did his best to bring Khabib backbut the 34-year-old has stayed true to his word.

Speaking about the incident, Khabib added: “Because I’m done with my career, because I promise mom. That’s why this one question, the discussion between me and my mother became very famous. But we have a lot of different things that like people not to know.

“You know, not just this promise, I have, I am, not just this promise to my mother. Like I’m all about mother because, you can have friends or kids like you can have whatever you want. But you’ll never have another mother. You only have one mother.

Khabib Nurmagomedov explains the importance of his mother in his life

Family is very important to Khabib Nurmagomedov. As soon as he beat Justin Gaethje, Khabib burst into tears and prayed to his father. Without his father in his corner, Khabib did not want to extend his career in the UFC Octagon. In the absence of his father, Khabib takes the best care of his mother. According to the former UFC champion, he is happy to attend to his mother’s needs.

He said, “For me, that’s it. You know, because of mother, because of mother, we can go to jannat (heaven). You know it’s very big. One of the doors, you know one of the doors. As we can treat mother very well, because of this you can go to Jannat. You know, I love mom for millions and millions of reasons.

Khabib Nurmagomedov. (Credit: Twitter)

“You know, and I know that even in Dagestan it’s not about Dagestan or not, I know a lot of people, they have a bad relationship with their parents. And I really don’t understand that. How people can -they have bad relations with parents like that. And yes, mother for me, that’s all. Even now, she is still with me, living with me, like in the same house and I treat her like a queen.

In October this year, Khabib’s cousin, Islam Makhachev, became Dagestan’s second UFC lightweight champion. Islam picked up where Khabib left off and continued the family legacy. However, for the UFC 280 fight camp, Khabib paid almost $1 million from his own savings to give the fighters all the facilities they needed. Javier Mendez, American Kickboxing Academy Coach praised Khabib for his selflessness.

Khabib Nurmagomedov completes the championship around Islam Makhachev
Khabib Nurmagomedov celebrates with Islam Makhachev. (Credit: Twitter)

Even recently, Khabib was unable to join Usman Nurmagomedov for his title fight against Patricky Pitbull. But Nurmagomedov caught up with the contest on TV and called to congratulate his young cousin on his victory.

Therefore, it is clear that Khabib has no interest in having any fights now or in the near future. He honors the promise made to his mother and helps the younger generation instead of risking his own health.

Nurmagomedov has a brother named Magomed and a sister named Amina. Khabib is married to Patimat Nurmagomedov and they reside in Dagestan. But other details about his personal life are not accessible to the public.


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