Losing a legend. After a lengthy battle with coronavirus complications, the world-renowned father of Khabib Nurmagomedov died on July 4. He was on his way to a successful recovery, but two prior strokes resulted in irreversible brain damage that led to Abdulmanap’s tragic death. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was one of the best sambo coaches in the world, nurturing a whole dynasty of world champions. His most prominent role was one of father and main coach of Khabib Nurmagomedov, an undefeated UFC lightweight champion.
The UFC Mourns
Nurmagomedov’s family are all devastated by the loss and they are joined by the MMA stars, such as McGregor and Gaethje. The latter appreciated the legacy of the legendary coach in a kind Twitter message.
McGregor also expressed his condolences to the Abdulmanap family – despite firing personal attacks at Khabib just a few weeks prior. It’s an admirable change of attitude that reaffirms the union of the UFC fighters in the face of tragedy.
Fighters Withdraw from the Fight Island
Khabib’s next fight was previously postponed until September and will likely be postponed further, so he wasn’t expected to return any time soon. But Umar Numagomedov and Tagir Ulanbekov had been on schedule to participate in the Fight Island, which they withdrew from right after the news of Abdulmanap’s passing.
Umar is Khabib’s cousin who fights in the bantamweight category, boasting an impressive 12-0 record. July 25 was supposed to be his UFC debut, where he would have fought Nathaniel Wood.
Tagir Ulanbekov, Khabib’s teammate, is currently 12-1 and was scheduled to fight Aleksandr Doskalchuk on July 18.
There’s no denying that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has influenced the fighting world and the UFC in particular, which only amplifies the bitterness of his passing. Fortunately, he’s left an impressive legacy that will pass on his mastery, wisdom, and experience.
Do you think Khabib will one day become a coach, following his father’s footsteps?