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Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has died at age 57 after a battle with COVID-19. The father of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was first admitted to the hospital in April before being transferred to a military hospital where he subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus before suffering a heart attack and undergoing emergency bypass surgery. The older Nurmagomedov was twice placed into medically-induced comas and remained in serious condition.

Ramzan Kadyrov, controversial head of the Chechen Republic and a Nurmagomedov family friend, posted the following to  Telegram on Friday: "Sad news reached me, friends, that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov left this world. I sincerely condole the whole Chechen people to the family of Abdulmanap Magomedovich! He left us, leaving behind a good name and raising a worthy generation."

Conor McGregor, chief rival of Khabib Nurmagomedov in recent years, was among those within the MMA community to offer condolences upon the news of Abdulmanap's death on Friday. 

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was a wrestling and sambo specialist who guided the careers of many Dagestani fighters, including his son, who he began training at 8 years old. He continued training Khabib for his entire career despite repeatedly being turned down for a travel visa and rarely appearing in his son's corner when he fought on American soil.

Nurmagomedov was also a senior coach for the Republic of Dagestan's national sambo team.