Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the daddy and coach of undefeated UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has died in Moscow, the fighter’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, confirmed to ESPN on Friday.
The elder Nurmagomedov had been hospitalized in Moscow since Could, when he was recognized with the coronavirus. He additionally underwent coronary heart surgical procedure for a preexisting situation additional difficult by COVID-19.
ESPN reported in Could that he had been positioned right into a medically induced coma.
“We have misplaced our spine,” Abdelaziz informed ESPN on Friday. “He was a father, coach, brother, an icon. Issues won’t ever be the identical with out him.”
Conor McGregor tweeted his condolences.
The lack of a father, a coach, and a devoted supporter of the game. Condolences and relaxation in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 3, 2020
Khabib Nurmagomedov has not commented publicly on his father’s demise. In September, he mentioned his father was “58 years outdated, nearly 59.”
He confirmed his father’s hospitalization on social media in Could, and he inspired the individuals of his native Dagestan to remain inside and keep away from the coronavirus.
The dominant blended martial artist has lengthy credited his father together with his success within the sport.
Along with his contributions to his son’s success, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was influential within the careers of a large number of athletes from the area, together with UFC light-weight Islam Makhachev.
The UFC was anticipating to ebook a light-weight unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje within the second half of 2020, though no date had been set.
Gaethje provided his condolences to Nurmagomedov on Friday through social media.
“So heartbreaking to listen to this information of the Legend Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. I am very sorry [Khabib],” Gaethje posted. “[Your] dad handed with a coronary heart filled with satisfaction figuring out you’ll keep on his legacy.”