‘You were father, friend, brother and coach all rolled into one… I hope you were pleased with me’: Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks for the first time since his father’s death from Covid-19 complications
- Khabib Nurmagomedov has been away from spotlight mourning his father
- Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died after complications from coronoavirus
- Father and son were extremely close and Khabib has spoken for first time
- He posted a photo on Instagram of them embracing with heartfelt caption
Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken publicly for the first time since his father’s death on July 3 following complications after he contracted coronavirus in Russia.
Abdulmanap was extremely close with his son, training him from a young age and the UFC lightweight champion had been grieving in private
But he posted a picture of an embrace with his father on Instagram and shared a heartfelt caption.
Khabib Nurmagomedov posted this photo of his father Abdulmanap, who died on July 3
David Beckham was among those to post a message of condolence under the picture
Khabib wrote: ‘You will be missed Father, you were Father, friend, brother and coach all rolled into one.
‘You taught me almost everything that I can, I hope you were pleased with me.
‘After all, the contentment of parents is the contentment of Allah.’
There were a number of condolences in the comments below, including one from David Beckham, who wrote: ‘Thinking about you and your family my friend.’
Khabib also shared two separate passages from the Quran alongside the image of his father, who died aged 57. Abdulmanap was one of the most respected figures in MMA and a huge reason why so many elite fighters have come out of the Dagestan region.
None have tasted more success than his son and Khabib, who is due to defend and unbeaten record against Justin Gaethje later this year.
UFC president Dana White has said he will give the champion as much time as he needs to prepare both mentally and physically.
Khabib’s close friend and team-mate Daniel Cormier even said it is not out of the question that he will not step into the octagon again, given the enormous influence of Abdulmanap on his career.
But retirement seems unlikely and the dominant wrestler is expected to meet Gaethje in what should be a spectacular title showdown before 2021.
Abdulmanap was the greatest influence in Khabib’s life and leaves a massive void
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