UFC President Dana White sent a sincere message of support to Khabib Nurmagomedov and his family on Wednesday following reports that the father of the UFC lightweight champion fell into a coma in Russia this week .
Although the Nurmagomedov family made no confirmation and numerous requests for comment to the combatant and his representatives remained unanswered, reports recently revealed that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had been hospitalized for suspected pneumonia.
Now a state-run Russian media outlet says that Nurmagomedov, 57, is in critical condition after being flown to a hospital in Moscow. Following this news, White sent an Instagram message to Nurmagomedov and his family.
“Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is a true martial artist who lives a life of pride, honor and respect,” wrote White. “He instilled these same values in his son, world champion Khabib, from an early age and has always been around for his entire career.
“I know how close Khabib is to his father and I am saddened to learn of his current condition. My thoughts are with Abdulmanap and the Nurmagomedov family while he continues to fight. “
Despite a fierce rivalry that recently erupted online, former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor also sent his best wishes to Nurmagomedov and his family.
“Pray for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “A man responsible for more world champions, in several combat disciplines, than we even know. A true martial genius! Very sad to hear this news tonight.
“Pray for the Nurmagomedov family right now. “
Praying for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A man responsible for more world champions, in several combat disciplines, than we even know.
A true martial genius!
Very sad to hear this news tonight.
Pray for the Nurmagomedov family right now https://t.co/OVklQphPgN
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 13, 2020
Khabib Nurmagomedov returned home to Dagestan before his previously scheduled fight at UFC 249 while the event was still scheduled for April. Unfortunately, he was unable to return to the United States due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and he was eventually forced to leave his fight with Tony Ferguson.
Although Nurmagomedov has regularly posted on social media in recent weeks, he has not made any public statements regarding his father’s health.