Earlier this week MMA world lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov shocked fans with his sudden retirement announcement after victory against Justin Gaethje. The announcement prompted Thor actor Chris Hemsworth to honor the wrestler as he took to Instagram.
“Khabib Nurmagomedov best ever #UFC,” wrote Hemsworth alongside a picture of the Russian who quit sports due to his father’s death.
“Today I want to say this is my last fight. No way am I coming here without my father. When UFC comes to me about Justin I spoke with my mother for three days. She didn´t want me to fight without father and I said this is my last fight – and I have given her my word,” said the champion after the fight.
Khabib’s father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away in July due to complications of Covid-19. This was Khabib’s second fight after his father’s demise, which he announced as the last.
The wrestler’s decision obviously came as a shock and fans took to social media to express their disbelief.