UFC president Dana White has insisted that the show must go on despite the seriousness of the coronavirus threat worldwide. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has struck the family of one of mixed martial arts' most prestigious champions, and the news just keeps getting worse.
On Tuesday, reports emerged that Khabib Nurmagomedov's father and trainer, Abdulmanap, has been placed on life support due to complications related to the coronavirus.
Several weeks ago, Abdulmanap, 57, was hospitalized in his native Russia after dealing with flu-like symptoms. It was during his hospital stay where he discovered he contracted COVID-19. Shortly after the diagnosis, he suffered a stroke, which forced him to undergo surgery and be placed in a medically induced coma. Even after awakening from the coma a week later, Abdulmanap was unable to speak. As of Tuesday, he cannot breathe on his own.
Khabib revealed on Instagram Live this past Monday that his father had heart surgery a year ago and has dealt with serious complications related to it since contracting the coronavirus. The reigning UFC 155-pound champion also stated that 20 of his family members were diagnosed with COVID-19, and many haven't survived.
Even as his father is fighting for his life, Khabib is slated to face interim lightweight champ Justin Gaethje in a unification bout, tentatively in September. Right now, that's the last thing on the minds of the Nurmagomedov family right now.
Our thoughts are with Abdulmanap, Khabib, and the rest of their family as they navigate through this truly difficult time.