Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father in a coma again, on life support

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s health is going from bad to worse.

First reported by RT on Tuesday, May 19, the father and coach of UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov is on life support and in a coma again. The news comes a week after Abdulmanap, 57, woke up from a medically-induced coma on Friday, May 15.

He was first diagnosed with pneumonia in late April, which later led to a heart-bypass operation in Moscow according to reports. On Monday, May 18, Khabib took to Instagram to say his father’s heart surgery was from complications due to the coronavirus. 

“My father is still at the hospital. He’s still going through this disease. He also had a heart complication due to COVID-19,” Khabib said on Monday, May 18. 

“Abdulmanap had surgery for his heart last year and also had the second one these days, so he is still in bad condition. That’s all I can say.”

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The unexpected

The COVID-19 pandemic affected Kabib’s life inside the octagon as well. He was scheduled to defend his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18. 

The event was postponed due the current pandemic. Khabib decided to fly back to Dagastan to be with his family, but Russia issued a travel ban shortly after he arrived. With Khabib unable to leave the country, his bout with Ferguson was canceled for the fifth time.

UFC 249 pushed on, but headlined by Ferguson and Justin Gaethje in Jacksonville, Florida on May 9. Gaethje captured the interim lightweight title by finishing Ferguson via TKO in the fifth round. 

Geathje is expected to fight Khabib next in a unification bout. When this will happen is still in question due to the recent circumstances. 

On Monday, Khabib opened up about the impact the coronavirus has had on his family. 

“More than 20 of my close relatives have suffered (from) COVID-19 and also had to stay in intensive care. Some of them are not with us anymore,” Khabib said. “As for my father, there’s been so much support, and people kept asking about my father.”

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