What Is The Latest Update On The Health Of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father?

While one aspect of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s condition has improved, it appears he still has a long way to go when it comes to recovery.

The father of UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was hospitalized following complications from pneumonia. It led him to undergo open-heart surgery. It was discovered that Khabib’s (28-0) had a case of COVID-19 which complicated his health. Recent updates had him feeling better, according to manager Ali Abdelaziz.

In an interview with Channel One Russia, Khabib stated that his father no longer has the coronavirus, but there are still complications with his immune system and body in general.

“Now father’s condition is still serious. He is in intensive care,” Nurmagomedov stated, via MMA Junkie. “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.”

Abdulmanap has been by his son’s side throughout his MMA journey. He helped train Khabib, along with other Russian fighters. The 58-year-old has managed to breed champions and contenders through intense training programs.

Khabib will be training without his father for the first time as he is getting ready for action. It is rumored he will be facing Justin Gaethje on “Fight island” in September to determine the undisputed Lightweight Champion. Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 to win the interim title. Khabib will do what he can to continue training while honoring his ill father.

“I prepare, train every day because I know that my father would like me to be in good shape,” Khabib went on to say. “My father would definitely not like that because of him I miss training, of which I am sure. Training helps me relieve stress (and) distract from everything. We’ll go back in the autumn and defend our title.”

As far as the health of his father goes, Khabib is confident in the doctor’s ability.

“I am sure of the doctors, they are one of the best in the world, I have no doubt… It just takes time, because the consequences are very difficult and the rehabilitation period will be difficult and long,”  Khabib would say.

The UFC has yet to confirm the September matchup.

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