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Dana White sends message of support after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father reportedly falls into a coma

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC president Dana White on Wednesday sent a heartfelt message of support to Khabib Nurmagomedov and his family following reports that the UFC lightweight champ’s father fell into a coma in Russia this week.

While the Nurmagomedov family has issued no statement of confirmation, reports recently surfaced that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had been hospitalized with suspected pneumonia.

Now, a state-run Russian media outlet is saying the 57-year-old Nurmagomedov is in critical condition after being airlifted to a Moscow hospital. Following that news, White issued a message on Instagram to Nurmagomedov and his family.

“Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is a true martial artist who lives a life of pride, honor and respect,” White wrote. “He instilled those same values in his son, world champion Khabib, at an early age and was always in his corner throughout his career.

“I know how close Khabib is with his father and I’m saddened to hear about his current state. My thoughts are with Abdulmanap and the Nurmagomedov family as he continues to fight.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, declined comment when contacted by MMA Fighting.

Despite a heated rivalry that recently flared online, former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor also sent well wishes to Nurmagomedov and his family.

“Praying for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “A man responsible for more World champions, across multiple fighting disciplines, than we even know. A true martial genius! Very saddened upon hearing this news tonight.

“Praying for the Nurmagomedov family at this time.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov returned home to Dagestan prior to his previously scheduled fight at UFC 249 when the event was still scheduled in April. Unfortunately, he was unable to return to the United States due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and he was ultimately forced out of his fight with Tony Ferguson.

While Nurmagomedov has been posting regularly on social media over the past few weeks, he hasn’t made any public statements regarding his father’s health.

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