In the face of disregard for the severity of the COVID-19 epidemic, Khabib Nurmagomedov shared the situation his home town was facing to warn people.
Father of Khabib hospitalized for the COVID-19
In recent days, the illness of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has received much attention. Especially when the COVID-19 epidemic has spread in Russia with the 2nd highest number of infections worldwide.
On May 19, Khabib first appeared and shared about the specific situation his father encountered and the problems he was facing at Dagestan “More than 20 people close to me are facing COVID-19 and in intensive care. Some of my friends’ relatives have not survived, they are facing an easy problem. As for my father, he is receiving great encouragement, people are constantly asking about him. ” – Khabib Nurmagomedov shared.
“My father is still in the hospital now, he is still in a state of emergency because of this virus. The effects of heart surgery last year and this virus caused him to have surgery again. He is in a very difficult situation, pray to Allah with my father at this time.” – Khabib Nurmagomedov said.
Currently, Khabib Nurmagomedov is in the fasting month of Ramadan for Muslims. However, instead of gathering as many people, as usual, the Dagestan fists advised people to stay home in the face of such a complicated situation. “Muslim scholars recommend that we stay home, do not welcome guests nor visit each other’s houses. It makes us feel difficulty.” – The champion said.
Khabib Nurmagomedov reacted harshly to those who despised COVID-19
However, there are still many individuals who seem to disregard the dangers of this disease. There are even people who think that COVID-19 is just the deceit of the government and the media. Responding to this comment on his personal page, Khabib responded quite harshly and shared the seriousness of the disease situation in his home country.
“In my village (in Dagestan), more than 500 people developed pneumonia, 11 died soon after, and dozens more were hospitalized, just in my village. In the neighboring village, 14 people died in one night and we didn’t even have time to bury them. Sorry, If you think I’m not as smart as you” – Khabib Nurmagomedov responded seriously.
Besides, bocking Dagestan due to the COVID-19 epidemic since April, Khabib Nurmagomedov has yet to show the possibility of returning to UFC at least this summer. After the results of UFC 249, the lightweight champion’s next opponent will be American puncher Justin Gaethje – who just won the interim belt after winning Tony Ferguson.
In the situation, trapped in Russia since March due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Khabib Nurmagomedov is carrying out thorough self-training and isolation. The UFC champion also regularly shares the advice that people should implement social spacing and avoid crowding until the risk of a global pandemic is over.
As expected by President Dana White, the title match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje is likely to start in the fall from August this year. And if Khabib’s return to the US is still not feasible, it is possible that both fighters will have to face each other on “Fight Island” – the UFC project has been cherishing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.