Complications stemming from a battle with COVID-19 have left Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, in “very serious condition,” according from a report by RT. As well as the fighter himself.
The UFC lightweight champion revealed the tragic news during an Instagram live session. That followed multiple reports suggesting the elder Nurmagomedov had been placed in a coma, due to heart troubles after contracting the disease. Although reportedly out of the coma, he’s been unable to speak or move.
“He’s in the hospital now, he’s in a very serious condition. He had heart complications stemming from the virus. This virus has very seriously affected his heart, since he had a heart operation a year ago,” Khabib stated on Instagram. “He’s had surgery again. He’s in a difficult situation, very difficult.”
Earlier in the week, as word spread of Abdulmanap contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, even rival Conor McGregor tweeted his support.
Praying for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A man responsible for more World champions, across multiple fighting disciplines, than we even know.
A true martial genius!
Very saddened upon hearing this news tonight.
Praying for the Nurmagomedov family at this time 🙏 https://t.co/OVklQphPgN
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 13, 2020
Khabib Nurmagomedov also revealed the shocking news that he personally had over 20 family members sent to intensive care as a result of the virus.
“Personally, I’ve had more than 20 relatives — I don’t mean people I know, I mean close relatives – who have been in intensive care,” he stated.
“Many people I know have died, the parents of people close to me,” he added.
“This virus doesn’t ask what your surname or name is, this virus doesn’t ask where you work, if you are rich or poor. Everyone has gotten ill. We can only overcome this together,” the UFC star added.
Nurmagomedov returned to Russia in March, as the virus began spreading outside China, where it originated, at a more rapid pace. Since then, there have been over 4.8 million infections globally, and over 319,000 deaths — a count that increases by the day.