The top moments of Khabib Nurmagomedov glittering UFC career including win over Conor McGregor

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Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement is official and the will-he won't-he talk of a comeback can be put to bed. Now is the time to reflect on all the undefeated star managed to achieve.
Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement is official and the will-he won't-he talk of a comeback can finally be put to bed.

The Russian gave fans so many incredible moments and it seems a perfect time to reflect on his achievements.

Casual viewers would often groan at wrestlers sucking the life out of a fight but Khabib changed all that.

His mauling of opponents, dry sense of humour and supreme self-confidence made him a superstar, especially in Russia and the Middle East where he is worshipped.

Here are Khabib's top moments in the UFC...

Khabib Nurmagomedov has officially retired from MMA with a perfect, undefeated record

A sign of things to come...

Kamal Shalorus had a forgettable UFC career but years from now will be the answer to a very niche quiz question.

He was the man fed to a young, hungry Khabib on the Dagestani's UFC debut in 2012.

And Khabib showed more than a glimpse of what was to come. The fresh-faced Russian was just 23 at the time and fighting an experienced man almost two decades his senior.

The striking was unorthodox at best, sloppy at worst but the foundation of Khabib's game has always been his frightening ability on the ground.

Khabib defeated Kamal Shalorus (right) in his UFC debut and never lost a fight in the company

In the third round, he secured another takedown of Shalorus, transitioned to mount like a hot knife through butter and forced the Iranian to tap out for the first time in his career.

'I had a strategy, I was working on it. I devised it with my father back in Russia and with the help of my team I was able to get it done,' he reflected afterwards in the cage.

'I had some butterflies in my stomach today but with the help of God I did it.'

Getting talkative

Sometimes the pace Khabib put on opponents had them gasping for air but he had enough in the tank to speak to them while pouring on the punishment.

It was incredible television to watch him manhandle opponents while trash-talking simultaneously.

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Will Griffee, By Will Griffee For Mailonline
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