Given the depth of their relationship, Khabib’s choice to keep quiet since Abdulmanap’s death comes as no surprise. He has yet to discuss the situation but took to social media on Wednesday and posted a photo of himself hugging his father, complimented by a passage from the Quran and a few personal words for the honor (via
Quran 17: 23-24.
And your Lord has decreed that you only worship Him and your parents for good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age with you, don’t say “uff” to them and push them away, but say a noble word to them.
And lower the wing of humility to them out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy on them while they have raised me little.”
“I will miss you, father,” Khabib wrote, as translated by RT. “You were a father, friend, brother and trainer all in one person. You have taught me almost everything I know. I hope you were happy with me. The contentment of parents is the contentment of Allah.
Khabib’s fighting future remains uncertain. UFC president Dana White has said on several occasions that he will give the undefeated 155-pound champion as much time as needed before entering into serious talks for a comeback fight.
Khabib’s friend and American Kickboxing Academy teammate Daniel Cormier, however, recently expressed fears that he could be so deeply affected by the loss that it would no longer be out of the question to compete.
Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) has yet to reveal the status of his MMA career.