‘We’re lucky we got to see him fight tonight’: UFC supremo Dana White pays tribute to Khabib Nurmagomedov after his career-ending victory over Justin Gaethje… as he reveals fighter broke his FOOT three weeks ago and had to go to hospital
UFC president Dana White has heaped praise on Khabib Nurmagomedov after he announced his shock retirement following his UFC 254 win over Justin Gaethje.
The Russian defeated Gaethje early in the second round of their Saturday night fight but revealed that victory was his last in MMA.
White also claimed that Khabib broke his foot three weeks ago and nearly did not take part in the UFC 254 contest this weekend.
Dana White has paid tribute to Khabib Nurmagomedov after he retired from MMA on Saturday
White told the media after Khabib’s final victory: ‘What this guy has been through, we’re all lucky that we got to see him play tonight. Apparently he was in the hospital and broke his foot three weeks ago.’
‘He’s got two broken toes and a bone in his foot that’s broken or something like that. That’s what his corner was telling me. He never told anybody and was walking around.
‘He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet. He’s the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world and we seriously need to put him up there as a GOAT status.’
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