Conor McGregor praises Khabib’s father following tragic death
Despite years of bad blood, the hatchet between two of the biggest rivals in the UFC seems to have been buried. Khabib Nurmagomedov sadly lost his father Abdulmanap after a battle with Covid-19, and now arch rival Conor McGregor has offered his condolences. Despite the two fighters being at odds, McGregor took to social media, reaching out to Nurmagomedov.
“The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport,” McGregor wrote. “Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.”
So far Khabib has not responded to any comments or well wishes, he has not made any public statements either.
Abdulmanap fell ill earlier this year, contracting Covid-19. His condition worsened, and he was treated at a military hospital outside of Moscow, later put into a medically induced coma. When first hearing the news, McGregor initially offered nothing but well wishes and prayers for the elder Nurmagomedov.
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“Praying for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “A man responsible for more World champions, across multiple fighting disciplines, than we even know. A true martial genius! Very saddened upon hearing this news tonight. Praying for the Nurmagomedov family at this time.”
However the worst was brought out of McGregor when Khabib’s cousin Abubakar posted an insult aimed at the Irishman on social media. McGregor speculated that Abdulmanap’s condition had been exaggerated
“I figured it was all just a cover up about Abdulmanap. A cover up to hide the lack of activity and the pulling out of fights and running away. Good luck but remember – Allah sees all,” McGregor replied.
While it’s unlikely that McGregor and Khabib will become friends, the former at least has shown the respect that the UFC champ’s father deserves.