Khabib Nurmagomedov confirms his father is fighting for his life in critical condition with coronavirus
- Khabib Nurmaomedov’s father Abdulmanap is out of coma but still critical
- He contracted coronavirus and had complications from a previous condition
- UFC lightweight champion revealed devastation Covid-19 is causing to family
- He says he knows 20 people who have been in ICUs and many of them have died from the illness
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has confirmed that his father is in a critical condition after contracting coronavirus and opened up on the devastation the illness is having on those close to him.
Speaking in his native Russian on Instagram, Nurmagomedov said his father, Abdulmanap, underwent a recent heart surgery after suffering complications from both Covid-19 and a previous condition.
The 31-year-old Khabib encouraged people to self-isolate.
In my personal case, I’ve had more than 20 people sick from my family,’ Nurmagomedov said, according to ESPN’s translation.
‘More than 20 people were lying in the ICUs. And many of them are no longer among us.
‘Many acquaintances have died, many parents of my relatives. Everybody is having a hard time dealing with it.
‘There is a lot written on the internet about my father. My father, right now, is located in a hospital.
‘He is in critical condition as a result of this virus. It impacted his heart because last year he had a surgery there, and right now, they did another surgery.
‘He is in a very difficult situation, very difficult. We are asking Allah that he returns him to us.’
Nurmagomedov is a devout Muslim who lives in the Russian Republic of Dagestan and is currently observing Ramadan.
Undefeated at 28-0, Nurmagomedov was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18 but was unable to leave his native Russia to travel to the United States for the event due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The event was later postponed to May 9, and Ferguson lost to Justin Gaethje in Jacksonville, Florida, for the interim lightweight title.
UFC president Dana White has since said Nurmagomedov and Gaethje will fight in a unification bout later this year.