Khabib Confirms Father Abdulmanap Is in Critical Condition Due to COVID-19

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2020

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 07:  Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner between rounds of 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)
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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov confirmed his father, Abdulmanap, is in critical condition due to complications from the coronavirus.

Nurmagomedov announced the development in an Instagram post, which was translated in a report by ESPN's Brett Okamoto:

"There is a lot written on the Internet about my father. My father, right now, is located in a hospital. He is in critical condition as a result of this virus. It impacted his heart, because last year he had a surgery there and right now, they did another surgery. He is in a very difficult situation, very difficult. We are asking Allah that he returns him to us."

Nurmagomedov also said more than 20 people from his family have gotten sick and "were lying in the ICUs" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unbeaten star was originally scheduled to defend the lightweight championship against Tony Ferguson on April 18 at UFC 249. Citing travel issues, he withdrew from the bout.

The event was eventually shifted to an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 9. Justin Gaethje earned a fifth-round TKO victory over Ferguson to become the interim lightweight champion.

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Nurmagomedov isn't the only fighter whose family has been impacted by the pandemic. Rose Namajunas withdrew from her UFC 249 matchup with Jessica Andrade after two of her relatives died.

One day before UFC 249 was scheduled to take place, UFC also announced Jacare Souza and two of his cornermen had tested positive for the coronavirus.