UFC's Khabib bizarrely awarded 'Best Mum' medal in his home country

UFC pound-for-pound No 1, unbeaten in 29 fights and now Dagestan’s ‘Best MUM’! Khabib Nurmagomedov is awarded bizarre medal in his home country after quitting MMA following promise to his mother

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov has been awarded the ‘Best Mum’ medal in Dagestan 
  • The 32-year-old ex-fighter shared a picture of the bizarre award on Instagram 
  • Khabib has rejected suggestions that he will come out of retirement from MMA 

Khabib Nurmagomedov received perhaps the most auspicious award of his illustrious MMA career this week: the ‘Best Mum’ medal in his home republic of Dagestan. 

Having made himself a legend of the octagon after retiring as the best pound-for-pound fighter in UFC, Khabib was honoured with the bizarre medal in the town of Derbent on the Caspian Sea. 

The star posted a picture of his trophy on Instagram, with the caption: ‘This is the medal they presented me with in Derbent’. The medal is gold and has ‘Best Mum’ inscribed on it in Russian.  

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov received a ‘Best Mum’ medal in his home of Dagestan

Khabib announced his retirement in the ring immediately after his win over Justin Gaethje

Khabib was apparently awarded the medal for honouring his promise to his mother that he would leave the world of MMA behind after his UFC 254 fight with American Justin Gaethje. 

After winning with a second round submission and moving to a 29-0 unbeaten record, Khabib immediately announced his retirement in the ring, saying he had sworn to his mother he would stop. 

The 32-year-old said he could not return to the ring without his father, Abdulmanap, by his side. The 57-year-old died from complications related to coronavirus in July. 

Despite recent comments from UFC chief Dana White that Khabib may return to the ring, the lightweight champion has poured cold water on any such suggestion.   

‘You can fight until you’re 40 but there should be a goal,’ he told

‘I had a goal to reach the summit and I got there. Further, I have no competitive interest. Next year I will graduate. I’d like to (complete) my thesis, do a masters course, dedicate more time to studying.

‘I’ve bought sheep, I tend to my farm. I’d like to develop in this field a little. I have the bull calves out to feed, I have cows.’

With this new award in tow, Khabib should have the confidence to be a great parent to his growing flock.  

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