In Might, within the hospital after testing constructive, Abdulmanap had additionally undergone coronary heart surgical procedure for a pre-existing drawback sophisticated by respiratory illness.
"We misplaced our backbone," Khabib supervisor Ali Abdelaziz informed ESPN on Friday. "He was a father, a coach, a brother, an icon. Issues won’t ever be the identical with out him."
The UFC paid tribute to Abdulmanap, who earned Grasp of Sports activities recognition in wrestling as an elite athlete and the title of Honorable Coach of Russia throughout his teaching profession.
"Abdulmanap additionally performed a pivotal position within the lives of numerous Russian fighters who made their solution to main blended martial arts occasions worldwide and their loss will likely be felt all through the sports activities world," the UFC mentioned in an announcement.
Former UFC two-weight champion Conor McGregor was amongst members of the blended martial arts group to specific his remorse.
"The lack of a father, a coach and a devoted defender of the game," McGregor mentioned on Twitter. "Condolences and relaxation in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov".
Performing light-weight champion Justin Gaethje, who later faces Khabib for the undisputed crown, tweeted: "It was heartbreaking to listen to this information from legend Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
"I'm so sorry @TeamKhabib. Your father handed away with a coronary heart stuffed with satisfaction understanding that you’ll proceed his legacy."
So heartbreaking to listen to this information from the legend Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. I'm so sorry @TeamKhabib You might be dad pas … https://t.co/5RJEdgeimq
– Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) 1593791150000