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Khabib Nurmagomedov voted ‘World Sport Star of the Year’

LONDON: Russian UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has been voted BBC Sports Personality’s “World Sport Star of the Year.”

According to the outlet, the 32-year-old sportsman created a professional record for himself with 29 victories. He defeated interim champion Justin Gaethje in a memorable match on October 24, 2020.

It was an emotional win for the UFC lightweight champion who had lost his father, coach and mentor Abdulmanap only four months ago.

Khabib, who is considered by some to be the “greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time” announced his retirement from the sport, right after his victorious match with Gaethje.

Nurmagomedov’s 29-0 record in MMA included 13 straight victories under the UFC banner. “He successfully defended his lightweight title on three occasions and was seen as one of the most dominant athletes in MMA history,” the outlet reported.

Nurmagomedov beat off competition from Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis, American basketball great LeBron James, American golfer Dustin Johnson, French footballer Wendie Renard, and Irish boxer Katie Taylor.

Last year’s winner was marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge, who won the London Marathon for a fourth time and became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours in October 2019.

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