Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has died, according to reports from Russia on Friday. He was 57 years old.
In April, Nurmagomedov initially admitted to the hospital with pneumonia symptoms and was subsequently transferred to a military hospital after his condition deteriorated. While there, he tested positive for COVID-19 and later suffered a heart attack before undergoing emergency bypass surgery. During his time in the hospital he was twice placed into a medically induced coma as he attempted to recover from surgery while also fighting the novel coronavirus.
After a period of time in serious but stable condition, reports from Russia have stated that Nurmagomedov has passed away. Chechen leader and friend of the Nurmagomedov family, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced the news Friday in a post on his Telegram channel.
Russian news agency TASS reported the news, citing Kadyrov’s Telegram statement, which read, “Sad news reached me, friends, that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov left this world. I sincerely condole the whole Chechen people to the family of Abdulmanap Magomedovich! He left us, leaving behind a good name and raising a worthy generation.”
Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, reacted to the news by posting a black and white photo of Abdulmanap and his son to his Instagram page, accompanied by a verse of condolence from the Quran.
Abdulmanap presided over the emergence of Dagestani fighters on the world stage with Khabib leading the way.
Abdulmanap also helped train and build the careers of a host of Dagestani fighters, including rising UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev and undefeated UFC newcomer – and nephew – Umar Nurmagomedov, who is scheduled to make his octagon debut on July 25 in Abu Dhabi.