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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father dead from Covid-19 complications

The Russian combat sports legend lived to be 57 years old

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, is now dead. The Dagestani unfortunately passed away after a long battle with Covid-19, according to reports from Russian outlet Life.

After falling ill due to Covid-19 in May of this year, Abdulmanap later had a stroke as a result. He then underwent heart surgery and was in intensive care, later falling into a medically induced coma. Supposedly Russian president Vladimir Putin was involved, trying to ensure Abdilmanap’s recovery.

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“I can confirm Khabib’s father is in a medically induced coma,” Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz said. “Khabib has been in contact with Vladimir Putin over the last several days, and he has promised Khabib’s father will receive the best medical treatment available.” His status has been critical ever since.

Abdulmanap is a pioneer of martial arts in Russia. He played a central role in bringing sambo and combat sports to the strife-stricken regions of Dagestan and Chechnya. Many of the Russian fighters in the UFC have Abdulmanap to thank for being introduced to combat sports. He is incredibly respected in Russia, and truly a central figure in Dagestan.

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Even Khabib’s arch nemesis Conor McGregor, had nothing but well wishes when hearing of Abdulamanp’s illness.

“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.”

As of now neither Khabib or McGregor have commented on the new’s of the champion’s dead father. Is is currently scheduled to defend his interim title against Justin Gaethje on September 12th, though those plans may very well be altered following this saddening and unfortunate tragedy.

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