‘Nothing in This World Belongs to Us’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Posts an Emotional Video to Mark His Father’s Death Anniversary

Published 07/03/2021, 6:52 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, took to social media recently to post an emotional message along with a video. Nurmagomedov lost his father, Abdulmanap, last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today marks a year since the unfortunate incident.

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‘The Eagle’ shared a deep bond with his father. Abdulmanap used to be his coach and mentor, not only in his life but inside the Octagon as well. Needless to say, the loss is too big a void for the Russian to fill. His latest message proves how much he misses his father.

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He wrote, “Today is already a year since the Father is not with us. This event increased my conviction that nothing in this world belongs to us, neither our children, nor our parents, nor our property. All we have is all temporary.”

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“Everything belongs to Allah alone and to Him will be our return, tie your hearts to Allah, stay more alone with Him, because the time will come and we will all be put in a grave, where we will be alone, where our friends, relatives, property and our connections will not be, only our deeds and report,” ‘The Eagle’ concluded.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight title bout against Justin Gaethje during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Nurmagomedov is a family man through and through. He decided to retire shortly after the loss of his father, as he promised his mother that he would not continue to fight without his father at his side.

Khabib Nurmagomedov fought only once since his father’s passing away

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Nurmagomedov successfully defended his belt at UFC 254 and hung up his gloves. He retired with an incredible professional record of 29-0. Since then, the UFC and the fans have tried to convince the Russian to come back and fight at least once as it was his father’s dream to see his son reach 30-0.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after his submission victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, it looks highly unlikely that he will ever compete again. Hence, fans might just have to live with the fact that they won’t get to see one of the greatest athletes of all time in action anymore. This itself is proof of how deep his bond with his father was.

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