Undefeated UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Monday confirmed studies of his father being in vital situation because of the coronavirus.

Talking on Instagram in Russian, Nurmagomedov, 31, confirmed that his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, lately underwent coronary heart surgical procedure as a result of problems stemming from a earlier ailment and the coronavirus. He went on to encourage individuals all over the world to stay in self-isolation to fight the pandemic.

“In my private case, I’ve had greater than 20 individuals sick from my household,” Nurmagomedov stated in feedback translated by ESPN. “Greater than 20 individuals have been mendacity within the ICUs. And plenty of of them are now not amongst us. Many acquaintances have died, many mother and father of my family members. All people is having a tough time coping with it.

“There’s a lot written on the web about my father. My father, proper now, is positioned in a hospital. He’s in vital situation because of this virus. It impacted his coronary heart as a result of final 12 months he had a surgical procedure there, and proper now, they did one other surgical procedure. He’s in a really troublesome scenario, very troublesome. We’re asking Allah that he returns him to us.”

Abdulmanap is extensively credited by Nurmagomedov, his U.S.-based coach, Javier Mendez, and his supervisor and pal, Ali Abdelaziz, as the principle drive behind his son’s profession. Abdulmanap is liable for getting his son into the game of wrestling at a younger age.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who lives in Dagestan, is a religious Muslim and presently is observing Ramadan, a non secular fasting interval. He inspired Muslims to look at the tip of the vacation within the absence of company, quite than with the normal gatherings.

“Our discovered Islamic students are telling us, ‘Keep residence, and do the vacation prayer,'” Nurmagomedov stated. “‘Do not have company. Do not go yourselves as company.’ It’s a very troublesome scenario.”

Nurmagomedov (28-0) was scheduled to defend his 155-pound title in opposition to Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18, however he was compelled to withdraw from the bout due to journey restrictions out of Russia. He was changed within the combat by Justin Gaethje, who went on to defeat Ferguson and declare an interim light-weight title.

Nurmagomedov has not commented on a possible combat date due to his father’s situation. UFC president Dana White, who over the previous week has made a number of public feedback wishing Nurmagomedov’s father nicely, has stated he’s focusing on a combat between Nurmagomedov and Gaethje for September.