The Retirement of a GOAT...

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Edition 120 - November 1, 2020

One of the greatest fighters of all time just announced this would be his last time stepping into the octagon.

Khabib Nurmagomedov just finished off Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 last week, then announced his retirement.

He officially retires undefeated and with a record of 29-0-0. 

But can we say he is the GOAT, or the "Greatest of All Time"?

In short, I think yes - any fighter who can go undefeated in a professional martial arts career has to be considered in the running.

But what makes Khabib stand out is his discipline and character.

Khabib was never into "trying" to stick out for the media.

He let his fighting do the talking.

He always respected the opponent (other than a few minor instances), in part due to the self-discipline instilled by his late father.

Even in his latest fight, Khabib told everyone after the fight he chose to submit Gaethje by a triangle choke instead of an arm bar.

Why?

Because Gaethje said he would never tap and Khabib didn't want to break his opponent's arm in front of his parents.

Some may argue that's a cockiness, but anyone who steps into the ring knows that's ultimate respect for your opponent - knowing you're going to win and doing your best to make sure you limit the punishment received by your opponent.

The best part about his career is that Khabib could still continue to fight.

Nobody has been able to outlast his dominance.

But Khabib chose to retire to spend time with his mother.

His father was his long-time coach and biggest support, but just passed away from COVID-19.

Khabib fought in honor of him and ultimately retires in his honor - and for that, he's got to be considered at the top of the list.

-Brandon Kuey