Updated: Jul 4, 2020 12:38 am
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father and trainer to son and current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has passed away on Friday in Moscow, aged 57. Nurmagomedov senior’s health had been suffering ill-health recently, since May he had been hospitalized in Moscow.
He had been suffering from coronavirus and also had heart surgery for a which caused further problems for his coronavirus diagnosis., had been in hospital in Moscow since May, when he was diagnosed with coronavirus. He also underwent heart surgery for a known condition which was further complicated by COVID-19.
Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz confirmed the news on Twitter
So heartbreaking to hear this news of the Legend Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. I’m very sorry @TeamKhabib You’re dad passed with a heart full of pride knowing you will carry on his legacy.
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) July 3, 2020
“We’ve lost our backbone,” Abdelaziz told ESPN on Friday. “He was a father, coach, brother, an icon. Things will never be the same without him.”
Khabib has an unbeaten record in 28 fights, he also recorded a victory against Irelands’ Conor McGregor back in 2018.
Khabib’s former opponent tweeted out in support of his rival.
The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 3, 2020
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A genius of combat sports and absolute inspiration to so many up and coming fighters. Sadly only entering his prime of coaching such a loss and tragedy. RIP and best wishes to his family during this difficult time 🙏🏽
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) July 3, 2020
Back in May, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was hospitalized. He was in a critical condition after having treatment in his hometown Dagestan and things didn’t improve. He was then transferred to a military hospital in Moscow, he condition worsened and sadly he never recovered.