CONOR MCGREGOR has issued a message of condolence to UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov following the death of his father.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died, aged 57, due to complications related to coronavirus.
The legendary trainer had spent the past few weeks hospitalised in Moscow after suffering a heart attack in the wake of contracting Covid-19.
His passing was announced by Khabib’s manager on Friday morning.
In a tweet responding to the news, McGregor put aside his differences with Nurmagomedov to express his sadness as Abdulmanap’s sad death.
He tweeted: “The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace 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
Those sentiments were echoed in a message posted by McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, who wrote: “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.”
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
McGregor has previously sent his best wishes to Abdulmanap after learning the trainer had slipped into a coma.
He wrote: “Praying for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A man responsible for more world champions, across multiple fighting disciplines, than we even know.
“A true martial genius! Very saddened upon hearing this news tonight. Praying for the Nurmagomedov family at this time.”
McGregor had previously endured several run-ins with his rival’s father.
Back in 2018, the Irishman branded Abdulmanap a “coward” prior to his infamous defeat to Khabib in October 2018.
The loss sparked a mass brawl that ended with both fighters receiving lengthy suspensions from the sport.