UFC famous person Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, is “progressing” in a Moscow hospital, Nuramomedov’s supervisor Ali Abdelaziz informed ESPN on Tuesday.

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was hospitalized final month and underwent a process on his coronary heart, as a result of issues from a earlier ailment and falling sick with the coronavirus. Nurmagomedov, 31, confirmed his father was in important situation in a social media put up in Could. In accordance with Abdelaziz, Abdulmanap’s situation has improved however the state of affairs stays critical.

“Khabib could be very sturdy, his household could be very sturdy and his father could be very sturdy,” Abdelaziz informed ESPN. “He is enhancing. He opened his eyes, responding a bit of bit — good signal. Allah is in management. Now we have religion he will probably be higher, however on the finish of the day, it is utterly as much as his well being, whether or not it progresses or not. However he is progressing, and we’re very completely happy about this.”

Abdelaziz went on to say Abdulmanap did handle to talk to his son, and smile at him.

UFC president Dana White has said he desires to advertise a championship struggle between Nurmagomedov (28-0) and interim light-weight champion Justin Gaethje (22-2) in September. Abdelaziz, who additionally manages Gaethje, mentioned Nurmagomedov has been coaching commonly and hopes to unify the title in opposition to Gaethje within the close to future.

“I believe Khabib’s father being sick has motivated him extra,” Abdelaziz mentioned. “He is coaching day by day, two occasions a day. He is in camp already. Me and him have been speaking and I mentioned, ‘Hey, get your thoughts off, do what you want to do.’ He is at all times coaching. He is a real blended martial artist. Similar with Gaethje. They’re each nice guys and so they need to struggle. It is a dream struggle.”

One one that may not contemplate it a dream struggle is former light-weight champion Conor McGregor, who has demanded a struggle in opposition to Gaethje this summer time. Lately, McGregor introduced his retirement from MMA on social media. It is the third time McGregor has introduced his “retirement” from the game previously 4 years.

Abdelaziz mentioned if Gaethje wins the 155-pound championship in opposition to Nurmagomedov, McGregor would doubtless be his subsequent opponent. If Nurmagomedov have been to stay undefeated, nonetheless, Abdelaziz admitted he does not ever see the 2 combating once more. Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor within the fourth spherical of a championship bout in 2018, in a struggle that was surrounded by ugly, private assaults.

“After Gaethje [defeated] Tony Ferguson for the interim belt on Could 9, I informed him, ‘I will be actual with you. If you happen to struggle scumbag [McGregor], you may in all probability make much more than you make [to fight Nurmagomedov].'” Abdelaziz mentioned. “He mentioned, ‘My dad and mom raised me higher. The integrity I’ve to myself, my household and to this sport is value greater than cash.

“But when Justin wins, Justin may struggle him. If Khabib wins, he higher go right down to 145 kilos … For Khabib to struggle Conor once more — Khabib has ‘f— you cash.’ He does not want one other $20 to $30 million. I can not persuade him to struggle Conor. Actually, proper now, I do not suppose Khabib will give Conor an opportunity. He is completely different, man. It is precept first, then after that, it turns into cash. This man [McGregor] talked about his father, mom, spouse, you need to give this piece of s— one other alternative to do this once more? Who would?”