“His father was a hero to him, he loved his father, they had a very close relationship and it was very hard on him,” said Dana White.
Russian MMA fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov will return to the Octagon in October to fight Justin Gaethje, said a CNN report.
The UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-awaited bout will now take place on October 24th.
There are rumors that reigning lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov, might retire from the sport.
This is following the death of his father.
However, his camp claimed that he would return after a period of grief.
This is after a difficult year for the Russian fighter.
Nurmagomedov’s father and trainer, Abdulmanap, 57, passed on.
His father died in a Moscow hospital earlier this month due to complications caused by a COVID-19 infection.
“It’s been very rough on him.
His father was a hero to him, he loved his father, they had a very close relationship and it was very hard on him.”
Due to the current pandemic, White organized a UFC bubble on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi to host contests.
It is dubbed as the “Fight Island.”
When UFC returned, they held their fight in Jacksonville, Florida.
White said the next event is scheduled between July 11th and July 25th.
The ‘Fight Island’ hosted a selection of bouts.
This included Kamaru Usman’s victory over Jorge Masvidal to retain his welterweight crown in UFC 251.
The fighter’s return has been delayed many times so Nurmagomedov’s comeback is a long-awaited affair.
He was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson earlier this year but it was called off due to the pandemic.
Moreover, there is a total of fight occasions that his fight with Ferguson was postponed since December 2015.
It happened due to injury or illness.
This frequent postponement sparked rumors that the Russian is afraid of Ferguson.
Gaethje replaced Nurmagomedov and fought Ferguson last May.
The former won and is the new UFC interim lightweight champion.