11:47 AM PT — Conor has sent a message of sympathy to his rival, Khabib, tweeting … “The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s dad, Abdulmanap, has died from COVID-19 complications.
Abdulmanap was battling the virus for months but ultimately succumbed to it.
Khabib says his dad was struggling with COVID as far back as May, saying of his dad … “He’s in the hospital now, he’s in very serious condition” after undergoing several surgeries.
His dad had a serious heart condition that required surgery a year earlier, putting him at risk for a bad outcome with COVID.
Khabib’s dad was his longtime coach and a critical member of his team. And, his dad was incredibly successful as his son rose to the top of the UFC heap … beating Conor McGregor.
Khabib’s family has been devastated by coronavirus … he says more than 20 of his relatives have tested positive.
Originally Published — 6:55 AM PT