UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed that the coronavirus has impacted his household in an enormous means, together with the virus being accountable for his father’s situation.
Late final week, it was reported that Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, awoke from a medically induced coma after issues from pneumonia led to coronary heart surgical procedure. However in response to Khabib, the center surgical procedure was the results of issues on account of COVID-19, and Abdulmanap stays “in dangerous situation.”
Khabib supplied the replace on his father Monday in Russian throughout an Instagram video during which he urges the Dagestani folks to remain dwelling because the pandemic continues to develop.
“Greater than 20 of my shut kinfolk have suffered (from) COVID-19 and in addition needed to keep in intensive care. A few of them should not with us anymore,” Khabib mentioned, as translated to MMA Junkie by two sources. “As for my father, there’s been a lot help, and folks saved asking about my father.
“My father continues to be on the hospital. He’s nonetheless going via this illness. He additionally had a coronary heart complication on account of COVID-19. Abdulmanap had surgical procedure for his coronary heart final yr and in addition had the second today [sic], so he’s nonetheless in dangerous situation. That’s all I can say.
“I wish to thank all of the folks to your help, needs and your prayers. I additionally want all the perfect. Be protected and wholesome. Thanks very a lot.”
Khabib’s combating profession has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. He was imagined to defend his title towards Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 initially scheduled for April 18 in New York, however the occasion was put in limbo as bans on mass gatherings started to be enforced all through the U.S.
Because of this, Khabib flew again dwelling to the Russian republic of Dagestan to be along with his household. Shortly after, Russia issued a ban on journey, which means Khabib vs. Ferguson was canceled for a fifth time. UFC 249 ultimately passed off Might 9 in Jacksonville, Fla., the place Justin Gaethje changed Khabib and defeated Ferguson for the interim light-weight title.
A unification bout is predicted between Khabib and Gaethje. UFC president Dana White just lately mentioned the goal date is someday in September, maybe on the UFC’s “Battle Island.”