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BREAKING: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father Passes Away After Lengthy Battle With Illness

Published 07/03/2020, 8:47 AM EDT

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UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has lost his lengthy battle against illness. The Russian was aged just 57 at the time of his passing which was first reported by RT Sport. The fighter is yet to comment publicly about his father’s tragic passing. 

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The death is due to a result of complications that arose from Nurmagomedov Sr contracting the coronavirus. Initially, he assumed it was pneumonia and refused medication. Later, he suffered a heart attack first due to the complications. This proved to be detrimental as he had undergone a bypass surgery just last year. 

Father of Khabib Nurmagomedov had a lengthy battle with illness

The patriarch had been fighting to survive for the last 2 months. As his condition deteriorated the family had him airlifted to Moscow. A few weeks later, fans rejoiced after people close to the family revealed that Abdulmanap was off life support. This came shortly after he first slipped into a coma for a few days. 


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Soon thereafter, ‘The Eagle’ said that there were no major changes and his father was still serious. A couple of weeks later, the UFC Lightweight Champion revealed the doctors cured the coronavirus. However, there was no verbal communication possible. He said, “He recognizes me, but there is no communication because he is under the hospital devices. Every day, I visit him for half an hour, hold his hand, talk, he gestures to understand that he recognizes me.”


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As all one can do in such a situation, he maintained absolute faith in the medical professionals of the Moscow military hospital. 


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Now, there is no update yet on the fighter’s next match which will be a title unification bout against Justin Gaethje. However, ‘The Eagle‘ who continued training rigorously despite his father’s tryst with life and death will no doubt want to honor his father with a stupendous win. For now, though, he will mourn and the training will stop amidst these trying circumstances. 

The thoughts and prayers of the entire MMA World will be with Khabib Nurmagomedov and his entire family as they deal with this harrowing loss.

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.
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