The lightweight champion of UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov, always had a very high self-esteem and enormous respect towards his father Abdulmanap, who died of the coronavirus a few days ago. But now that his head coach and mentor is gone, many have some doubts about the athlete’s future, as expressed by his teammate. Daniel Cormier, who feels insecure about the career of “The Eagle”, which many name as the best of all time.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to claim the lives of thousands of people around the world, and in sports it is no exception. Derived from the consequences of this pandemic, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father of the current lightweight world champion in Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC), Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Russian was serious for a while, but in the last hours the worst was confirmed for mixed martial arts.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Cormier recalled a conversation with Khabib a few days before Abdulmanap, 57, died of COVID-19 complications. He recounted what happened at the time, leaving several with their mouths open. In this way, he highlighted some of the most important words. Although several were pleased to train with him, the Russian lost much more than just a coach.
“I spoke to the champion, my champion, our champion, the AKA champion, where we talk about everything,” was what he started saying Daniel. “He was having a hard time dealing with all of this. Training makes him feel better, but it will be very difficult for the champion to fight under these circumstances, ”said the extraordinary fighter, who will face Stipe Miocic in his trilogy, trying to withdraw from mixed martial arts in the best way.
“Now, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I really don’t know. His father meant a big part of who he is. I don’t know what will happen to his career without his father, “he added. Cormier, making it clear that the spirit of Khabib It is at the bottom and it would not be unreasonable to think about retirement. The next fight of Nurmagomedov It will be his third defense of the lightweight title and where he will unify the championship against interim champion Justin Gaethje, most likely in September.