UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov’s beloved father and trainer, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away due to Coronavirus, following a slew of condolences from the martial arts fraternity and the UAE.
Unless you’re in the know, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been the foremost Muslim figure in combat sports being the UFC Lightweight Champion. October 2018 saw the Dagestani martial artist square off versus ace UFC icon Conor McGregor in what was regarded by UFC President Dana White as “the biggest in UFC history” at UFC 229, landing a series of strikes to retain his lightweight title via submission. However, a post-fight brawl with Conor’s team landed him with a nine-month suspension and a whopping $500,000 fine (AED 1.8m) by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
It wasn’t until UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi where the 31-year-old made a return to the high-octane sport and beat Dustin Poirier in the title unification bout, retaining his title yet again.
His father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has been the backbone behind Khabib’s rise to prominence, as well as an inspirational figure for aspiring martial artists in the region. He was hospitalized since May and tested positive for Coronavirus, adding to his pre-existing health problems. While his age is unknown, Khabib revealed he was about to turn 59 last September.
Outpour of condolences for Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
Dubai’s Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum led a flurry of condolences for Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, saying we’ve “lost the champion who raised the champion.” Emirati UFC commentator Mohammed Al Hosani, known for his podcast, Mo Hosani 360, says “he was very loved everywhere he went for his wisdom and for instilling the honourable values in his sons,” followed by UFC Arabia extending its sincere condolences Khabib Nurmagomedov and his family.
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