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Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. UFC legend retires after another dominant win

    So just like Khabib Nurmagomedov's previous 28 opponents, Justin Gaethje knew exactly what was coming tonight - a grappling onslaught.

    And just like the other 28, he was powerless to stop it.

    In a matter of a few seconds early in the second round of their unification bout, Nurmagomedov dashed Gaethje's hopes of an upset and stretched his unbeaten record to 29-0.

    Then during his post-fight interview, the UFC lightweight champion announced he is retiring having promised his mother this would be his last fight after the death of his father and coach in July.

    Scroll down to relive the drama of UFC 254 and see all the reaction as the MMA world said farewell to a legend.

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    Deen786: Khabib did the right thing. if he beat GSP, GSP too old. if he lose GSP, ruin legacy. Also, Jones doesn't have a clean history, and not been dominant in every match.

  3. Post update

    Apparently not even coach Javier Mendez, who was in Khabib's corner beside his father at his previous fight against Dustin Poirier, knew that the Russian was planning on retiring if he beat Justin Gaethje tonight.

    Mendez is holding Nurmagomedov's belt in Team Khabib's victory photo below.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team pictured after his win over Justin Gaethje.
  4. Bonus for Nurmagomedov

    The UFC has capped Khabib Nurmagomedov's night by awarding him one of the $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses following his triangle choke submission of Justin Gaethje in the second round.

    That will come in handy during his retirement.

    You can click here to read a report of another commanding performance by the undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov's arm is held aloft after beating Justin Gaethje
  5. 'Enjoy your retirement'

    Former UFC fighter Frank Mir has told Khabib Nurmagomedov to enjoy his retirement and has posted a picture of the undefeated lightweight champion with his late father Abdulmanap.

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  6. Numbers don't lie - Jones

    Khabib Nurmagomedov asked the UFC to make him the world's number one pound-for-pound fighter but the current top dog has had something to say about that.

    Light heavyweight champion Jon 'Bones' Jones has a 26-1 record, winning 15 world-title fights.

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  7. Post update

    So too Leon Edwards... and Dana White has confirmed tonight that the British UFC fighter will face Khamzat Chimaev on 19 December.

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  8. Post update

    Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh has also congratulated Khabib Nurmagomedov on retiring with an unbeaten MMA record...

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  9. Khabib broke his foot before fight - White

    Dana White also said during his news conference that Khabib Nurmagomedov suffered a broken foot a few weeks before the fight.

    "We're all lucky we got to see him fight tonight," he said.

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    Dana White said that if Nurmagomedov beat Gaethje "he's on his way to GOAT status".

    Now that he's beat him and retired, has he done enough?

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  11. 'When I retire, I want to be undisputed, undefeated UFC lightweight champion'

    Nurmagomedov had previously hinted at retiring if he reaches a 30-0 record and, asked at the pre-fight press conference about achieving the same status as boxing greats Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, he said: "I don't know if I can ever become close to these people.

    "I didn't have this goal; I just want to win every fight. We'll see in the future because I'm not finished yet. When I retire, I want to retire [as the] undisputed, undefeated UFC lightweight champion."

    Easy to look back in hindsight but reaching 30-0 was a notable omission.

  12. Nurmagomedov announces retirement

    Khabib Nurmagomedov laid his gloves on the canvas after announcing his retirement...

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  13. He's the baddest on the planet - White

    UFC president Dana White was typically understated in his news conference...

    "What a night... wow! He is the baddest on the planet."

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    Sulaimon Adelekan: Right and correct and also emotional decision from Khabib to retire. He retires as a G.O.A.T and so no rematch with MCgregor. Farewell to a champion.

  15. Post update

    While his father was a copper miner, Justin Gaethje said during the pre-fight press conference that the money he earns from this fight would allow his mother to retire from her job as a postmaster.