Khabib Nurmagomedov says his father, Abdulmanap, has overcome COVID-19 but is still hospitalized.
Nurmagomedov went on Russian television where he gave a positive update on his father’s health, but says his condition is still serious.
“Now father’s condition is still serious. He is in intensive care,” Nurmagomedov said Nurmagomedov said translated by RT Sport. “The coronavirus is gone, but the infection has left consequences on the kidneys and on the heart. Now, (the) virus (is) gone. I come to (the) hospital. He recognizes me, but there is no (verbal) communication, because he is under the hospital devices. Every day, I visit him for half an hour, hold his hand, talk, he gestures to understand that he recognizes me.”
It has no doubt been a tough time for the UFC’s lightweight champion, he says he has full confidence in the doctors. He also hopes his father will be back to health soon but knows rehab will be a long-drawn-out process.
“I am sure of the doctors, they are one of the best in the world, I have no doubt,” Nurmagomedov said. “Thanks so much for everything they do. In this regard, everything is very good. It just takes time, because the consequences are very difficult and the rehabilitation period will be difficult and long.”
In the end, Khabib Nurmagomedov says he is still training for his unification title fight against Justin Gaethje. He says his father would want him to train and prepare just look normal even without him being there.
“I prepare, train every day because I know that my father would like me to be in good shape,” Nurmagomedov said. “My father would definitely not like that because of him I miss training, of which I am sure. Training helps me relieve stress (and) distract from everything. We’ll go back in the autumn and defend our title.”