Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father of UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, reportedly passed away early Friday morning in Russia.
TASS and RT were one of the first outlets to report the news. This comes after the Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov put out a statement to honor his friend. Manager Ali Abdelaziz would end up posting a black and white photo of Khabib and his father while honoring the latter. Abdulmanap was 57 years old.
Abdulmanap was hospitalized following complications from pneumonia. It led him to undergo open-heart surgery. It was discovered that Khabib’s (28-0) father had a case of COVID-19 which complicated his health, resulting in a heart attack. He was placed under medically-induced comas twice. Not long ago, updates had him feeling better, but Khabib stated his condition wasn’t up to par with what it could be.
“Now father’s condition is still serious. He is in intensive care,” Nurmagomedov stated. “The coronavirus is gone, but the infection has left consequences on the kidneys and on the heart. Now, (the) virus (is) gone. I come to (the) hospital. He recognizes me, but there is no (verbal) communication, because he is under the hospital devices. Every day, I visit him for half an hour, hold his hand, talk, he gestures to understand that he recognizes me.”
Known for training his son, Abdulmanap has been in Khabib’s corner throughout his run with the UFC. He has also been instrumental in bringing over fighters from Dagestan to American MMA promotions. At one point, 20 of Khabib’s family members were suffering from COVID-19.
Khabib was supposed to face off against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 back in April. He decided to stay in Russia to quarantine, postponing the bout. As a result, Ferguson faced Justin Gaethje for the interim title in a bout that the latter easily won. Khabib would later take care of his father, even while still training.
While it is rumored he will be returning to the octagon soon, it is unknown his status following the latest news surrounding his father.