Last Saturday, the UFC 254 match night saw dramatic and emotional moments.
Russian star Habib Nurmagomedov defeated Justin Gaethje of the United States in the second round with triangle strangulation.
Nurmagomedov, 32, who won all 29 professional career matches, announced he would end his UFC career after the battle broke.
The decision was prompted by the fact that his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died in July of the aftermath of the coronavirus.
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One of the best UFC contestants of all time doesn’t have to retire empty-handed.
The Independent reports that Nurmagomedov earned £ 4.6 million, or just over € 5 million, from the last match of his career.
In addition to that amount, Nurmagomedov will also receive his share of the event’s television revenue.
According to the Independent, UFC boss Dana White has said that last Saturday's matches were the most lucrative PPV or pay-per-view broadcast in the sport's history.
The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet calculated that Nurmagomedov earned just over 793,000 euros per minute in the match.
Gaethjen, 31, had a grin on his face as he raced down the field, almost oblivious to the rain.
Habib Nurmagomedov won Conor McGregor in the fourth set in the fall of 2018. Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie / USA Today Sports / Reuters
Nurmagomedov rose to the attention of the general public at the latest with a scandalous match in October 2018. He defeated Irish sports legend Conor McGregor in a lightweight championship match.
At the time, McGregor earned about 2.5 million euros and Nurmagomedov just over 1.6 million, according to the Independent, even though Nurmagomedov won the match.
In the future, no more sums of money will make Nurmagomedov, who was born in Dagestan, rise to the ring if one is to believe last Saturday’s speeches by an invincible champion.
- This was my last match.
It is not possible for me to come here without my father.
When the UFC called me about the Justin match, I talked to my mom for three days.
I promised him this would be my last match, Nurmagomedov said in his emotional speech after his victory.