It has been an exceptional year professional for Khabib Nurmogomedov, as he extended his unbeaten record inside the octagon to 29-0 with a victory over Justin Gaethje in October. The Russian has now been honoured by the BBC, as it was revealed on Thursday evening that the UFC star had been awarded the accolade for BBC Sports Personality’s World Sport Star.
It would certainly be seen as the best way to end the calendar year, as the UFC lightweight champion held off stiff competition to be crowned the winner of the award.
UFC News: Khabib Overcomes Heartbreak In 2020
It has certainly been a difficult year to say the least for the Russian, and there were fears that we may have never seen Khabib back in the octagon earlier in the year. The fight against Gaethje was an emotional affair, as it came only months after the news broke that the UFC legend’s father and coach had passed away. However, Khabib stood firm on his promise to fight against the interim champion to determine the best in the lightweight division.
There was little question that Khabib was the favourite to get the win, but the performance that he put in on that evening will be regarded as one of the finest that we have ever seen because of how much the champion had been through over the course of 2020. The win was quickly followed with an emotional speech from Khabib, who admitted that he would be retiring from the UFC as part of the promise that he made to his late father.
UFC News: Khabib One Of The Best
If Khabib remains retired, then fans will at least be pleased to say that they witnessed one of the greatest to ever step foot inside the octagon. Khabib’s legacy will be a perfect one, as no opponent could ever come close to beating the Russian throughout his MMA career.
The numbers throughout his UFC career have been staggering, as he has recorded eight knockout wins, eleven submission victories and ten wins by decision. He will retire from the sports having successfully won 13 straight lightweight fights in the UFC, and he has held the top title in the same weight for the last 932 days. Not only that, but what he has done for the UFC in his native Russia is staggering, and that isn’t surprising given that he is the most popular Russian on social media site Instagram with 26.3 million followers.