Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has died aged 57 after a two and a half month battle with the coronavirus.Nurmagomedov is a renowned MMA coach from Dagestan, and the father of the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.The Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadryov broke the news via Telegram, Friday: “He parted us having left behind his good name and having brought up a decent generation,” Kadyrov said.Tributes from John Kavanagh, the coach of Conor McGregor who is a rival of Khabib’s, called Nurmagomedov a “genius” of combat sport.Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, a renowned MMA trainer and the father of the UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has died aged 57, according to numerous media reports.The Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov broke the news on Telegram, Friday, and according to the Russian news agency Tass, said: “My friends, I have learnt sad news today that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away.”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,” Kadyrov said.
The agency said Nurmagomedov died from the coronavirus.A family friend called Ramazan Rabadanov told the Russian website Championat that Nurmagomedov had suffered two strokes, “in his heart [a heart attack] and brain.””They managed to treat his heart, but not his brain, so he didn’t emerge from a coma. The situation was too serious, it was already too late.”The doctors did everything they could, they even tried to connect him with the president [Vladimir Putin], but his condition was too serious.”
According to RT, Nurmagomedov contracted the coronavirus late-April in Dagestan, which is where the Nurmagomedov family live.Though he was treated at a local hospital for pneumonia, his condition deteriorated, and so he was transferred to a military hospital.Khabib Nurmagomedov said in May that his father was in a “bad condition” due to the coronavirus.The UFC lightweight champion said more than 20 of his family members have been infected, adding: “Some of them are not with us anymore.”
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died in Moscow, and is survived by his three children, Magomed, Khabib, and Amina.Tributes across the MMA world poured in on social media.Nurmagomedov was called a combat sports genius by the jiu jitsu black belt John Kavanagh, who is the head trainer of Conor McGregor, one of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s rivals.”Very sorry to hear of the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov,” Kavanagh said. “A genius of combat sports and absolute inspiration to so many up and coming fighters.
“Sadly only entering his prime of coaching such a loss and tragedy. RIP and best wishes to his family during this difficult time.”—Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) July 3, 2020One of McGregor’s teammates at Kavanagh’s Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, Peter Queally, said: “RIP Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.”In my last fight in Russia, the crowd started attacking the cage after I won. It was turning into a scary situation, my safety seemed in genuine danger.”Abdulmanap came into the cage and settled things very quickly. He seemed like a great man.”
—Peter Queally (@peterqueally) July 3, 2020The UFC light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz also offered his condolences.—Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) July 3, 2020Nurmagomedov will be buried in Kirovaul, Dagestan, according to RT.”Relatives have already arrived in the village, everyone has already gathered, of course more people will still gather,” RT quote Ilyas Khaziev, a local leader, to have said.Read more:
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