Khabib Nurmagomedov issues update on father who remains in critical condition

Khabib Nurmagomedov has issued an update on the health of his father who suffered complications after contracting coronavirus.

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, 57, remains in a critical condition following his initial diagnosis in May, when he also suffered a stroke.

Since then he has had to undergo heart surgery, and was then placed into an induced coma from which he has only just woken from.

Khabib has been making daily visits to sit with his father in a military hospital in Moscow.

“His condition is still serious, he's still in intensive care," Khabib told  RT.com. “The coronavirus itself is behind him, but the virus has had consequences for his kidneys and his heart.

“As for the virus, there's no need to worry, only about the other consequences.

“I visit him, he recognises me, but there's no communication because he's connected to [medical] devices.

“Every day they let me in, I spend half an hour [with him], I hold his hand.

“When I ask: 'Father, do you recognise me?' He gestures and lets me know."

Abdulmanap is a well-respected MMA trainer, and has been a regular in his son's corner in the Octagon.

But while he has been laid up in hospital, Khabib has not taken his eyes off the next defence of his UFC lightweight title.

“I prepare, train every day because I know that my father would like me to be in good shape,” Khabib said.

“My father would definitely not like that because of him I miss training, of which I am sure.

"Training helps me relieve stress (and) distract from everything. We’ll go back in the autumn and defend our title.”

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UFC president Dana White is hoping to match the champion with Justin Gaethje in September, following the latter's impressive win over Tony Ferguson behind closed doors during lockdown.

Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN : "I think Khabib's father being sick has motivated him more.

"He's training every day, two times a day. He's in camp already. Me and him were talking and I said, 'Hey, get your mind off, do what you need to do.'

"He's always training. He's a true mixed martial artist. Same with Gaethje. They are both great guys and they want to fight. It's a dream fight."

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