UFC icon Khabib pens emotional tribute to his father a year after his passing

UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has written an emotional tribute to his father on the one-year anniversary of his passing.

Khabib's father, Abdulmanap, died last year at the age of 57 following complications caused by coronavirus.

The Russian fighter was very close to his father, who was also his trainer.

Khabib only fought once without him by his side before retiring from the octagon on the request of his mother.

"Today, I want to say, this was my last fight," Khabib said after his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in 2020.

"No way am I going to come here without my father. [My mother] doesn’t want me to fight without my father.

"I promised her that this is going to be my last fight. And if I give my word, I have to follow it."

The 32-year-old was true to his word, retiring from UFC with an unbeaten 13-0 record.

On the one-year anniversary of Abdulmanap's passing, Khabib shared a video of him feeding horses with a touching caption.

Translated from his native Russian, the caption read: "Today is already a year since our Father is not with us.

"This event increased my conviction that nothing in this world belongs to us, neither our children, nor our parents, nor our property.

"All we have is all temporary.

"Everything belongs to Allah alone and to him will be our return, tie your hearts to Allah, stay more alone with him, because the time will come and we will all be put in a grave, where we will be alone, where our friends, relatives, property and our connections will not be , only our cases and report."

He has since reiterated his decision to retire, telling reporters in Russia last week that he has "no desire to come back, and I don't think I ever will."

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