Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father and coach to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has passed away at just 57-years-of-age after a long battle with Covid-19.
“My friends, I have learnt sad news today that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away,” the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov said in a statement. “On behalf of all people of Chechnya, I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Abdulmanap Magomedovich [Nurmagomedov]. He parted with us having left behind his good name and having brought up a decent generation.”
According to RT Sports, the official cause of Nurmagomedov’s death was “irreversible brain trauma caused by a stroke.”
Abdulmanap had initially been diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this year, but it was later confirmed to be Covid-19. Then in Mid-may he suffered a stroke and was placed in a medically induced coma.
At the time, Khabib Nurmagomedov, had revealed that his father was one of over 20 relatives who had fallen ill with coronavirus, and that he knew of people who had died from the disease.
In late June, Khabib gave an update on his father’s condition, stating that, “his condition is still serious, he’s still in intensive care.
“The coronavirus itself is behind him, but the virus has had consequences for his kidneys and his heart.”
Tragically he wasn’t able to recover and the MMA world is now mourning the loss of not only the father of one of the sport’s all-time greats, but also a coach to many other MMA stars, including the likes of Islam Makhachev, Rustam Khabilov, Azamat Hashimov, Shamil Zavurov, Gadzhimurad Nurmagomedov and Magomedrasul Hasbulaev, in addition to also being the senior coach for Dagestan’s national combat sambo team.