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The walk was also one that followed a build-up of behind-the-scenes turmoil, with reports revealing that he had suffered from the mumps during the weeks leading up to the fight. He also broke two toes and a bone in his foot three weeks before the event.
Nonetheless, he remained steadfast in his determination to make it to the cage one more time as he produced a superb performance to submit interim champion Justin Gaethje and re-unify the UFC lightweight title.
It took his record to 29-0 (13-0 in the UFC) and meant that, as he laid down his gloves in the octagon in the traditional gesture of retirement, he did so as an undefeated champion, as he delivered on his promise to his mother and announced his retirement from the sport.