UFC Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father & Trainer Abdulmanap Dies at 57

Khabib Nurmagomedov's father died

Getty Khabib Nurmagomedov and and his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov give a press conference in Moscow on November 26, 2018.

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father and trainer, died of COVID-19 complications in a hospital in Moscow on July 3. He was 57.

Abdulmanap suffered a heart attack after having dealt with COVID-19 for more than two months. The legendary MMA trainer then underwent emergency bypass surgery to restore normal blood flow, as reported by RT. Following the procedure, Abdulmanap was twice placed in a medically induced coma to aid his recovery but died on Friday.

The tragic news of his passing was first announced by Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a close family friend. Khabib’s father first started not feeling well at the end of April. While staying in his home region, Russia’s Republic of Dagestan, Abdulmanap was admitted to the hospital where he was initially misdiagnosed and treated for pneumonia-like symptoms.

After Abdulmanap’s symptoms worsened, he was sent to a military hospital in Moscow for treatment where he tested positive for coronavirus. Khabib, 31, declined to be tested for COVID-19, as he wanted doctors to focus on his father.

Abdulmanap is survived by his three children: Khabib, his older brother Magomed, and younger sister Amina, and multiple grandchildren.

Conor McGregor Initially Called Out Abdulmanap for Exaggerating His Illness to ‘Cover-Up’ for Khabib Backing Out of Fights

In June, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s cousin, made a snide comment to Conor McGregor on Instagram saying, “This is when (you have) the coronavirus and you can’t breathe.” McGregor said of Khabib’s father, in a since-deleted response, “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!”

However, as Abdulmanap remained intensive care, McGregor sent out a heartfelt tribute to his competitor’s trainer. He tweeted, “Praying for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. 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.”

In October 2018, Khabib defeated McGregor at UFC 229 and remains unbeaten at 28-0, but he hasn’t fought since September 2019, when he defended his title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. He pulled out of a scheduled fight against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.

UFC president Dana White also had Khabib’s father in his prayers. On May 13, he said in a statement, “Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is a true martial artist who lives a life of pride, honour and respect. I’m saddened to hear about his current state. My thoughts are with Abdulmanap and the Nurmagomedov family as he continues to fight.”

Khabib Said While His Father was in the Hospital, ‘I Hold His Hand & Ask If He Recognizes Me’

As reported by RT Sport, Khabib said of his ailing father on June 22, “His condition is still serious, he’s still in intensive care. The coronavirus itself is behind him, but the virus has had consequences for his kidneys and his heart. As for the virus, there’s no need to worry, only about the other consequences.”

“I visit him, he recognizes me, but there’s no communication because he’s connected to [medical] devices,” Khabib continued. “Every day they let me in, I spend half an hour [with him], I hold his hand. When I ask: ‘Father, do you recognize me?’ He gestures and lets me know.”

The undefeated fighter also sent a heartfelt tribute to the doctors taking care of his father.  “These are some of the best doctors in the world… I have no concerns [about my father’s care], many thanks to them,” Khabib said. “In that respect, all’s well. It takes time, because the consequences are very difficult, and the rehabilitation period will be long and tough.”

Twitter Filled With Tributes to Abdulmanap as News of His Death Spread Through the UFC & MMA Community

Fans and fellow fighters paid their respects to the legendary coach on Twitter. 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.”

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.”

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