UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said Monday that the coronavirus had wreaked havoc in his family, hospitalizing his father and disgusting more than 20 of his relatives.
In a live chat on Instagram, Nurmagomedov said his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, remained in “a very serious condition” after suffering from heart complications from the virus, according to a report from RT.
“This virus hit his heart very badly because he had a heart operation a year ago,” according to the Russian media translation of the UFC champion, who remains in Dagestan more than a month after having been accommodated due to travel restrictions. scuttled a title fight against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.
Khabib Nurmagomedov said his father had recently had another surgery and was in a “very difficult” situation. He said the effects of the virus on his people and his country were serious and warned his supporters not to underestimate the pandemic.
“Many people I know have died, the relatives of people close to me,” he said. “This virus has affected everyone. This virus does not ask you what your first or last name is, it does not ask you where you work, whether you are rich or poor. Everyone fell ill. We can only overcome this together. “
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s director Ali Abdelaziz declined to comment on RT’s report.
Other Russian-language outlet reports, detailed by BloodyElbow.com, reported that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had awoken from a medical coma that had sparked support from the MMA community, including UFC champion Conor McGregor’s biggest rival. A friend of the Nurmagomedov family told TASS.ru that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had suffered a stroke before being put into a coma.
Former Nurmagomedov was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. He then rejected family members’ attempts to get a coronavirus test. But as his condition worsened, he was taken to a military hospital in Moscow.
Russia was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and recently reached second place in the number of confirmed cases. According to CNN, 142,824 of the country’s 281,752 confirmed cases are in Moscow. The country’s official death toll stands at 2,631 dead.
Khabib Nurmagomedov recently signaled his desire to unify the title in July against new acting champion Justin Gaethje, who stopped Ferguson at UFC 249 to cut the light title line. But Gaethje backed off after a quick turnaround, and UFC president Dana White said September is the likely calendar for the unifier.