Russia-ALSHARQIYA July 14: The retired Russian mixed martial arts champion, Habib Nurmagomedov, was awarded the annual "ESPY" Award for Excellence in Sports Performance, awarded by the English network "ESPN", to the best athlete each year.
Nurmagomedov was chosen as the best mixed martial arts fighter for 2021, although he did not compete this year.
He entered the list of nominees to beat the Cameroonian UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, in addition to the organization's lightweight and featherweight champions, Brazilian Amanda Nunez, and American Rose Namayunas.
Commenting on Nurmagomedov's selection for the award, ESPN responded in its account on "Instagram", saying: "The last performance in his career (Habib) was enough to win another title."
Habib Nurmagomedov, 32, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, on October 24, 2020, after winning a fight against the American, Justin Gage, in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, as part of the UFC 254 championship, after achieving 29 victories, without being defeated.