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Maluco

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That really was the perfect way to go out. A dominant performance and finish against “the most violent man in the UFC”.

Stood with him without fear, gassed him in a round, took him down, and the finish was absolutely seamless. He is very special.

In a funny way, the whole McGregor story was a blessing in disguised. It thrust him into the spotlight in a massive way and shone a deserved light on his phenomenal abilities.
 

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Wouldn't take a fighter announcing retirement seriously most times, let alone in an emotional post-fight state.
 

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I think some are underestimating how important a mans word is from Khabibs background. You will not see him in a cage again.
 

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I think some are underestimating how important a mans word is from Khabibs background. You will not see him in a cage again.
Mate, he's a fecking prizefighter. If the offer is big enough, he will fight again.
 

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Khabib was on a mission and emotionally fuelled tonight. That level of aggression is not the usual. Prepping for this version of Khabib is not what Gaethje's camp could've done.

Not sure how long that power up would've lasted for, but it's immaterial since Gaethje was completely overwhelmed by it.

This level of Khabib is like a computer game character. Super Kong.
 

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roud Khabib Fanboy casual getting excited again :lol:

What predictions?

I think Khabib wins in the 2nd. And it will be quite brutal because he will be so focused.
And then khabib will break down in tears and his proper grief recovery period can begin
nailed it days ago, even down to the tears and emotions.

What an amazing way to win. GOAT.

gutted it’s the end of Khabibs career as he was the sole reason i became interested in UFC.
 

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I think some are underestimating how important a mans word is from Khabibs background. You will not see him in a cage again.
I was going to post this. It’s a completely different culture. His relationship with his father was everything too. He is a national hero and a very wealthy man On top of that.

It looked very like the reaction and decision of a man who had decided this long before tonight. He was laser focused on a finish for his last fight.
 

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Yeah I don’t think he will come back. Even if retirements in MMA and boxing are usually bullshit. I don’t think he would say he won’t fight again to his mum and go back on it.

Anyway, the ‘most violent man’ looked extremely average in there. Khabib took all his confidence away pretty quick
 

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What predictions?

I think Khabib wins in the 2nd. And it will be quite brutal because he will be so focused.
And then khabib will break down in tears and his proper grief recovery period can begin
Yeah I think it's gonna be his easiest title defence so far. 2nd or 3rd round finish sounds about right.
We nailed it.

Seriously, a guy that lost to both Eddie Alvarez and Poirier was never going to beat Khabib.

Tony and Conor II would be my hopeful fights for him if he comes back.
 

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Its more that he gave his mother a promise, for a Muslim that's pretty much unbreakable.
But he can talk to his mother, and she approves of the next fight. It’s not something that is set in stone
 

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I don’t disbelieve Khabib at all. I don’t see him being swayed as you get the impression it’s not the same for him without his father.
 

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Lightweight goat.
This is quite accurate. But did he beat anyone of actual quality, really? There was no one that came close during his reign though but there were no actual challengers either imo with McGregor not even close to his best during their fight. But there are few if any arguments that he was the lightweight goat and absolutely dominant during his time in the UFC.

He’s not near the likes of GSP DC or Jonny Bones for me.
 

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That really was the perfect way to go out. A dominant performance and finish against “the most violent man in the UFC”.

Stood with him without fear, gassed him in a round, took him down, and the finish was absolutely seamless. He is very special.

In a funny way, the whole McGregor story was a blessing in disguised. It thrust him into the spotlight in a massive way and shone a deserved light on his phenomenal abilities.
Agree, seems like a perfect time in a perfectly executed fight and has nothing to prove to anyone.

He also isn't motivated by money, so I would be very surprised if he somehow changes his mind and walks back on what he said. Think this is it.
 

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Very rarely do I believe it when a fighter retires. They nearly always come back...but I think I believe this. Saying he promised his mother makes it hard.

Unless he comes back because his mum tells him to.
 

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I'm in awe of Khabibs career. Hes never really been hurt... its mind boggling in this sport