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Khabib says Covid-19 behind fathers illness, deaths in family

"More than 20 of my close relatives have suffered..."

UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov opens up about the tough times his family has been dealt due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

Despite calls for the world to begin re-opening and lifting quarantine, not everyone is quite as content moving forward. As of not over 90,000 dead as a result in the United States and over 320,000 world wide. Recently Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, recovered from a serious illness that induced a coma – And was apparently affected by Covid-19.

In a post on social media, the reigning lightweight champ admitted that his father’s health complications were related to the pandemic, that relatives have died due to the virus, while also relaying thanks for support.

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“More than 20 of my close relatives have suffered (from) COVID-19 and also had to stay in intensive care. Some of them are not with us anymore,” Khabib wrote, translated by MMA Junkie. “As for my father, there’s been so much support, and people kept asking about my father. ‘My father is still at the hospital. He’s still going through this disease. He also had a heart complication due to COVID-19. Abdulmanap had surgery for his heart last year and also had the second one these days , so he is still in bad condition.’ That’s all I can say. I want to thank all the people for your support, wishes and your prayers. I also wish all the best. Be safe and healthy. Thank you very much.” 

The undefeated UFC title holder is expected to take part in a unification title bout with interim champ Justin Gaethje. At UFC 249 Gaethje scored the interim title and an upset by finishing Tony Ferguson via TKO. The unification bout is tentatively planned for September on Fight Island.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for