The announcement of the recent passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has sent a wave of mourning through much of the MMA community. The longtime coach and mentor to one of the UFC’s most prodigious talents was clearly more than just a driving force for his son’s career. Alongside Khabib, the two men helped bring Dagestan’s long history of martial arts further out onto the world stage.
The Eagles MMA camp not only launched the career of the ‘Eagle’ himself, but fellow UFC fighters Islam Makhachev, Umar Nurmagomedov, Tagir Ulanbekov, and Abubakar Nurmagomedov—as well as developing many other young talents from around the region. Beyond those fighters who benefited from Abdulmanap’s direct tutelage, however, it’s clear that his presence in the MMA world had a far reaching impact. And the outpouring of support from athletes, coaches, and other figures around the sport upon the news of his death has been strong.
Deepest condolences go out to @TeamKhabib and his family. His father was a legend and his name will live for a very long time through his son. Celebrate his life ❤️— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) July 3, 2020
R.I.P. condolences to @TeamKhabib and family pic.twitter.com/z2xpPp5grQ— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) July 3, 2020
RIP Mr Nurmagomedov pic.twitter.com/0pYVkZo5li— danawhite (@danawhite) July 3, 2020
My heart with you and your family @TeamKhabib— Yair Rodriguez (@panteraufc) July 3, 2020
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov RIP
Family #1 thing!
Sincerest condolences to @TeamKhabib.— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) July 3, 2020
RIP Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 3, 2020
My deepest condolences go out to @TeamKhabib and his family. You and your father had a special bond and that will never change. I know Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov will always be in your corner and always taking pride in everything you do!! #RIP— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 3, 2020
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov (1962-2020)— UFC (@ufc) July 3, 2020
The UFC family sends its sincerest condolences to the Nurmagomedov family on the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. pic.twitter.com/SPpynZ2xJC
RIP Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov— PFL MMA (@ProFightLeague) July 3, 2020
Our sincerest condolences go out to the Nurmagomedov family
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Deeply saddened to hear this news. My heart goes out to the ever-classy champion @TeamKhabib and his family. I’ll never forget that moment between father and son in the Octagon at UFC 242 last fall. https://t.co/ICDBq7C5zD— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) July 3, 2020
My condolences to @TeamKhabib & his family— Tracy Cortez (@TracyCortezmma) July 3, 2020
My condolences to the Nurmagomedov family and the champ @TeamKhabib— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) July 3, 2020
I met Mr. ABDULMANAP once and his prescence alone demanded respect and discipline. I can see how loved and admired he was by all. ❤️ https://t.co/uqCeOmxemv
My condolences go out to @TeamKhabib, his family and all of the people affected by the passing of Abdulmanap. He was a leader that influenced many young men and coached them to their dreams. I pray that Abdulmanap is with Allah now. The world of combat sports is with you.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) July 3, 2020
My heart is incredibly saddened by the news this morning of the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. The bond Khabib and his father had was unconditional. Now he is resting peacefully in heaven with the almighty. May god be with you and your family @TeamKhabib pic.twitter.com/w7HbT1bjIt— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) July 3, 2020
Awful news. Rest in power Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. Thoughts are with @TeamKhabib and all his loved ones. ❤️— player/coach (@CMPunk) July 3, 2020
So heartbreaking to hear this news of the Legend Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. I’m very sorry @TeamKhabib You’re dad passed with a heart full of pride knowing you will carry on his legacy.— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) July 3, 2020
My condolences to @ufc champ @TeamKhabib and all family!— Marlon Moraes (@MMARLONMORAES) July 3, 2020
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A genius of combat sports and absolute inspiration to so many up and coming fighters. Sadly only entering his prime of coaching such a loss and tragedy. RIP and best wishes to his family during this difficult time— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) July 3, 2020
One of the saddest days in my life is when I lost my dad. All the condolences in the world didn’t make it better, but heres hoping a little hope, prayer and support from all of us that respect you make it a little easier @TeamKhabib— malki kawa (@malkikawa) July 3, 2020
الحمدلله القائل: "كل من عليها فان ويبقى وجه ربك ذو الجلال والإكرام".— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) July 3, 2020
أسأل الله أن يتغمد الفقيد بواسع رحمته، وأن يرزق قلوبكم المؤمنة بقضاء الله وقدره الصبر والسلوان رغم بالغ الحزن والأسى، وأن يجمعنا بأحبابنا في جنات النعيم.
إنا جميعاً لله، وإنا إليه راجعون. pic.twitter.com/xmQd3h5h58
Just heard news about Khabib's father. My team is gutted. We admire and respect both of them so much. Peace be with you my brother— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 3, 2020
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We not only lost one of the BEST coaches of all time today but also an incredible ambassador to all sports. Abdulmanap will be missed by all, but how he taught us all to act with humbleness, dignity and a warrior spirit will live on 4ever. Prayers go out to our brother @khabib_nurmagomedov and his family!!
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. Condolences @TeamKhabib on the passing of your father pic.twitter.com/COSx48zkhf— @CrisCyborg on Youtube (@criscyborg) July 3, 2020
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Very sad to hear about the passing of @Khabib_Nurmagomedov ’s father. My sincere condolences & best wishes are being sent to Khabib, @TeamKhabib & his family. I always enjoyed seeing & talking to Mr. Nurmagomedov during show weekends plus viewing the true friendship & love between father & son whenever they were both at a UFC event together which was very evident at @UFC 242 when in the Octagon, which was a memorable moment May he R.I.P.
RIP Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) July 3, 2020
My heart goes out to @TeamKhabib and the Nurmagomedov family
Truly saddened to hear the passing of @TeamKhabib father. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.— Siyar The Great (@Siyarized) July 3, 2020
Tributes rightfully pouring in for Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. I had many positive & respectful, all be it brief, encounters both in & out of the UFC with him. A lot of respect my way. Condolences to Khabib & all of the family. RIP.— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) July 3, 2020
@TeamKhabib May your father live through you. Sincerest condolences for your loss. pic.twitter.com/VWGj6UmGfY— Julia Avila (@RagingPandaMMA) July 3, 2020