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Khabib Nurmagomedov awarded ‘Best Mom’ medal in Dagestan

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The UFC lightweight champion was awarded the medal for honoring the promise he made to his mother about his retirement. 

Russian mixed martial artist Nurmagomedov arrives in Makhachkala after fight with Gaethje Photo by Press Office of the Head of the \TASS via Getty Images

After accumulating a undefeated record in mixed martial arts competition, collecting several titles and accolades along the way, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been given yet another award: a ‘Best mom’ medal in his native Dagestan.

The award, which Nurmagomedov shared on his Instagram account, was given to the undefeated fighter medal for honoring the promise he made to his mother about his retirement.

“This is the medal they presented me with in Derbent,” the fighter said in his Instagram stories, with a picture of the golden trinket inscribed with the words ‘Best Mom’ in red engraving in Russian. (h/t RT Sports).

Nurmagomedov retired following a second-round submission victory against Justin Gaethje in October, extending his unbeaten streak to 29-0. And while UFC President believes that the pound-for-pound great will return in an attempt to reach 30-0, Nurmagomedov has since revealed that he is completing a degree in agricultural studies at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics while also tending to his farm.

“You can fight until you’re 40 but there should be a goal,” Nurmagomedov said. “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 [build on] 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.”