Former lightweight champion Nurmagomedov retired from the fight with a record 29-0 and was inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame during UFC 272
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Khabib Nurmagomedov was “p***** off” despite being inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
During Saturday night’s UFC 272, it was announced that now-retired UFC great Nurmagomedov would be inducted into the hall’s modern fighting wing.
The Russian’s introduction will be joined in the summer by the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and Ronda Rousey.
Nurmagomedov refused to fight again after the death of his father Adulmanap and withdrew after making his UFC’s final defense when he submitted Justin Gaethje in October 2020.
He fought 13 times for the UFC after being signed from promotion in 2011, defeating household names like Conor McGregorDustin Poirier and Rafael Dos Anjos during this run.
And UFC boss Dana White said of his introduction: “Khabib is one of the greatest athletes to ever compete in professional sports. Nobody dominated his opponents like Khabib.
“Retiring undefeated as a lightweight champion and #1 pound-for-pound athlete in the world is an incredible achievement. It will be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.”
But when asked how Nurmagomedov reacted to the news, White revealed the fighter wasn’t in the best of spirits at the event
“He p****d up tonight, I don’t know what happened to Khabib tonight,” he said.
One possible reason for Nurmagomedov’s frustration is that his teammate Tagir Ulanbekov suffered a controversial split-decision loss to Tim Elliott in the UFC 272 prelims.
Ulanbekov was dropped by a big left hand from Elliott in the first round, but he recovered well and fought back until the bell.
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The next two rounds were close, but Ulanbekov lost on all three judges’ scores, despite nearly securing a rear-naked choke in the last minute of the fight.
The loss was Ulabenkov’s first in over three years, winning his last five bouts since he was narrowly beaten by Zhalgas Zhumagulov in 2018.
In the other battle for Nurmagomedov’s coaching duties at UFC 272, his cousin Umar remained undefeated by submitting Brian Kelleher.
Nurmagomedov’s past coaching skills have been praised as his other cousin Usman believed he could be a coach better coach when he was a fighter.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/khabib-ufc-hall-of-fame-26397305 Khabib Nurmagomedov "p***** off*" despite UFC Hall of Fame announcement