Khabib broke foot three weeks before UFC 254 fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov put on one of the most impressive performances his fighting life at UFC 254 on Saturday when he choked Justin Gaethje unconscious in the second round.

Despite the ease of his performance however, White revealed in his post-fight press conference that we were ‘lucky’ to even see the 32-year-old fight this evening.

He told reporters: “Listen man, what this guy has been through, we are all lucky we got to see him fight tonight.

“I’m hearing rumours of other things that I didn’t know about, that you guys will hear about when he comes out later I’m sure.

Of course, a broken bone and the mumps weren’t the only burden Nurmagomedov was carrying with him while entering the fight at UFC 254. There was also the loss of his father Abdulmanap, who died of COVID-19 complications in July.

Abdulmanap had served as Nurmagomedov’s trainer for his entire career. Nurmagomedov cited his death as the reason for his shocking retirement.

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