Conor McGregor Reacts to Rival Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father’s Death

Khabib Nurmagomedov & Conor McGregor

Getty Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces-off with Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City.

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, UFC lightweight champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov’s father, died on Friday, July 3, in Moscow. Abdulmanap passed away due to complications from the COVID-19 coronavirus, RT Sport reported. He died at 57 years old.

After being diagnosed with the coronavirus, Abdulmanap, who was a highly respected MMA coach, suffered a heart attack and was twice placed in a medically induced coma, the outlet reported. The champion’s father did not recover, however, and his death was announced by Chechen Republic leader and close family friend, Ramzan Kadyrov.

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Conor McGregor, Fighters & UFC Personalities React to Abdulmanap’s Death

  1. Fighters and MMA personalities reacted to the news of Adulmanap’s passing. Khabib’s most famous rival, Irish fighting superstar Conor McGregor tweeted his condolences. He said, “The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supported of the sport.  Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.”

    Current UFC interim lightweight champ Justin Gaethje tweeted: “So heartbreaking to hear this news of the Legend Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. I’m very sorry @TeamKhabib You’re dad passed with a heart full of pride knowing you will carry on his legacy.”

    Top bantamweight fighter Marlon Moraes tweeted: “My condolences to @ufc champ @TeamKhabib and all family!”

    Former middleweight champ Michael Bisping wrote: “So sorry for your loss @khabib_nurmagomedov. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Top UFC light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz tweeted: “Sincerest condolences to @TeamKhabib. RIP Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.”

    Top heavyweight Alistair Overeem tweeted: “RIP Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. My heart goes out to @TeamKhabib and the Nurmagomedov family.”

    UFC light heavyweight Jamahal Hill tweeted: “RIP Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.”

    Bellator fighter and Conor McGregor’s training partner, Dillon Danis, tweeted: “RIP Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.”

    Former women’s featherweight champion and current Bellator champ Cris Cyborg tweeted: “We belong to Allah, and we will return to Him. Condolences @TeamKhabib on the passing of your father.”

    Conor McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, tweeted: “Very sorry to hear of the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A genius of combat sports and absolute inspiration to so many up and coming fighters. Sadly only entering his prime of coaching such a loss and tragedy. RIP and best wishes to his family during this difficult time.”

    UFC commentator John Gooden tweeted, “Sending my condolences to those close to Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He appeared to be a father figure to many men. I learned about the hugely positive impact he had in Russian sports so he will be missed greatly. RIP.”

    UFC commentator Jon Anik tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear this news. My heart goes out to the ever-classy champion @TeamKhabib and his family. I’ll never forget that moment between father and son in the Octagon at UFC 242 last fall.”

    MMA referee Marc Goddard tweeted: “Tributes rightfully pouring in for Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. I had many positive & respectful, all be it brief, encounters both in & out of the UFC with him. A lot of respect my way. Condolences to Khabib & all of the family. RIP.”

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