“We don’t play with Khabib. We’ll leave him alone ‘: Dana White insists UFC won’t put pressure on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s octagon after Russian champion’s father and trainer died of complications from Covid-19
- Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died on July 3 after contracting the coronavirus
- The Russian was the father and trainer of UFC lightweight dominator, Khabib
- Nurmagomedov Junior appeared to be ready to fight Justin Gaethje in September
- However, his return is unknown, as Dana White insists the UFC will not rush him
Dana White has revealed that the UFC will give Khabib Nurmagomedov all the time he needs before an octagon returns, after MMA was startled by the death of the Russian father.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who had trained his son through the steady advance of the champion to the top of the lightweight division, passed on July 3 after a battle with the corona virus.
The 57-year-old was considered an icon of Russian martial arts and last coached a victory for his dominant son against Dustin Poirier in September.
Dana White is ready to give Khabib Nurmagomedov time out of the cage to grieve his father
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was Khabib’s coach before he died of Covid-19 related problems
MMA was hit hard by the death of Abdulmanap, because White will not rush the champion
The 28-0 fighter seemed ready to clash with interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje after this, but the UFC president is ready for delay.
“It is terrible, we feel terrible for Khabib. We know how much he loves his dad and how close they were, “White said after weighing UFC 251 on Fight Island.
“We don’t play with Khabib. We leave Khabib alone. Khabib needs time.
Khabib’s father oversaw his relentless advance through the lightweight division to a 28-0 record
Abdulmanap has been central to the development of Khabib’s hitherto unbeatable wrestling game in the UFC
“Khabib needs time to straighten his head and figure out what’s next for him, you know? So we leave him alone for a while. We’ll work it out. “
Nurmagomedov’s third-round victory over Poirier left the question of who could still hold the Russian unanswered after some hoped the American would finally cause him trouble.
His father’s legacy will live on through the lightweight champion, who will continue to maintain his dominance in future battles.