UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Monday mentioned the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on his household, hospitalizing his father and sickening greater than 20 of his kin.

Throughout an Instagram reside chat, Nurmagomedov mentioned his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, stays in “very critical situation” after struggling coronary heart problems on account of the virus, per a report from RT.

“This virus has very critically affected his coronary heart, since he had a coronary heart operation a 12 months in the past,” in accordance with the Russian state-run media outlet’s translation of the UFC champ, who stays in Dagestan a couple of month after sheltering there as journey restrictions scuttled a title battle towards Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.

Khabib Nurmagomedov mentioned his father not too long ago underwent one other surgical procedure and is in a “very troublesome” scenario. He mentioned the virus’ results on his individuals and his nation have been extreme and warned his followers to not underestimate the pandemic.

“Many individuals I do know have died, the mother and father of individuals near me,” he mentioned. “This virus has affected everybody. This virus doesn’t ask what your surname or title is, this virus doesn’t ask the place you’re employed, in case you are wealthy or poor. Everybody has gotten ailing. We are able to solely overcome this collectively.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, declined touch upon the RT report.

Different experiences from Russian-language retailers, detailed by BloodyElbow.com, reported that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had awoken from a medically-induced coma that prompted an outpouring of help from the MMA neighborhood, together with the UFC champ’s greatest rival, Conor McGregor. A buddy of the Nurmagomedov household informed TASS.ru that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov suffered a stroke earlier than he was put right into a coma.

The elder Nurmagomedov initially was recognized with pneumonia. He later rejected makes an attempt from members of the family to obtain a coronavirus take a look at. However as his situation worsened, he was taken to a navy hospital in Moscow.

Russia has been hit exhausting by the coronavirus pandemic and not too long ago rose to No. 2 in variety of confirmed circumstances. In response to CNN, 142,824 of the nation’s 281,752 confirmed circumstances are in Moscow. The nation’s official loss of life toll stands at 2,631.

Khabib Nurmagomedov not too long ago signaled his willingness to unify the title in July towards newly minted interim champ Justin Gaethje, who stopped Ferguson at UFC 249 to chop the light-weight title line. However Gaethje later balked at a fast turnaround, and UFC President Dana White mentioned September is the possible timeline for the unifier.