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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father isn’t granted U.S. visa for UFC 229

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s father, will not be traveling to Vegas for UFC 229.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor Press Conference Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Khabib Normagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, won’t be attending the UFC 229 hostilities when his son faces off against Conor McGregor for the lightweight belt.

A report from earlier today confirmed that Abdulmanap was not granted a visa for the event in Nevada (via MMA Fighting).

“According to the article, Nurmagomedov underwent an interview in Istanbul to secure the visa, but reported that he was not successful in his endeavor when speaking to a Russian new agency, TASS.

It is understood that Nurmagomedov was asked to provide further information, but will not be able to do so in time to obtain the U.S. visa.”

Abdulmanap hasn’t exactly been a passive observer through the ordeal. McGregor called him a “quivering coward” on Instagram. Abdulmanap responded by saying:

“Mentally they can’t get (under our skin). In that aspect we are standing firm,” said Nurmagomedov, as translated by RT.com. “We are even letting certain things pass. But we are not forgiving anything. The cage and the fight are still ahead (for Khabib and Conor).

Just a little over a week before we see McGregor back in the octagon after a two year “hiatus.”