UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov confirmed his father, Abdulmanap, is in critical condition due to complications from the coronavirus.
"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.
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.