Khabib Nurmgomedov shared a photo of swollen face before the battle of Justin Gaithje with lilies

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed that he was moving on from his fight against Justin Gethje at UFC 254. A few days before the Dagestani fighter defended his title for the third time, he recounted his grueling battle with a broken thumb and a loud weight cut.

    Nurmagomedov defeated Gethje in the second round via a triangle choke submission. ‘The Eagle’ announced his retirement shortly after his post-fight interview.

    In the latest interview with fellow fighter and friend Magomed Ismailov, Khabib Narmmagomedov revealed how challenging his training camp was next to UFC 254. The 32-year-old then proceeded to show his image with a burnt face.

    “I was suffering from the disease. But people were asking, ‘Why is he wearing a mask like this?” This is because my face was swollen. It was the morning of September 9, and when I woke up, I already had marigold. It was getting really bad, and after a while, I was taken to the hospital and I was in intensive care for a five days. It was really bad, “said Nurmagomedov. (Translation courtesy: Magomed Ismailov’s YouTube channel)

    Khabib Nurmagomedov said that the marigold he was suffering from was banned from training for 15 days.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov broke his thumb two weeks before UFC 254

    Further in the interview, Khabib Nurmagomedov highlighted the issue with his broken thumb. The eagle revealed that he had broken his thumb on October 7, and he fought Justin Gaithje with a tape wrapped over him.

    Nurmagomedov said that a video of his broken thumb would be released in his documentary biopic, which according to him is expected to be revealed in another year and a half.

    “I have a look on my thumb that I broke … I’ve wrapped it in my fight. It was disorganized, they pulled it back and I also have a video of it, and you’ll see it in the film.” Nurmagomedov.

    Nurmagomedov successfully defended his light championship for the third consecutive time at UFC 254. After announcing his retirement, Dana White is trying to convince the Dagestani fighter to make a comeback. The UFC president is expected to meet Nurmagomedov once again in Vegas later this month.

    Published on 20 February 2021 11:04 AM IST

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