Khabib Nurmagomedov has confirmed his father is in critical condition in hospital after contracting coronavirus.
The UFC icon also opened up about the devastation the deadly disease is having on others on his family and friends of his.
Speaking in his native Russian on Instagram, Khabib explained how his father, Abdulmanap, underwent heart surgery after suffering complications from both COVID-19 and a previous condition.
“In my personal case, I’ve had more than 20 people sick from my family,” Nurmagomedov said, according to ESPN’s translation.
“More than 20 people were lying in the ICUs. And many of them are no longer among us.
“Many acquaintances have died, many parents of my relatives. Everybody is having a hard time dealing with it.
“There is a lot written on the internet about my father. My father, right now, is located in a hospital.
“He is in critical condition as a result of this virus. It impacted his heart because last year he had a surgery there, and right now, they did another surgery.
“He is in a very difficult situation, very difficult. We are asking Allah that he returns him to us.”
Both Dana White, the UFC president and rival Conor McGregor offered support to Khabib when learning about his dad.
“Praying for the recovery of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov,” the Irishman wrote.
“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.”
Khabib is a devout Muslim who lives in the Russian Republic of Dagestan and is currently observing Ramadan, which ends on 23 May.
Speaking about returning to the octagon, he said he will be ready after then.
Fans are likely to see the 28-0 superstar compete on the UFC’s fabled ‘Fight Island‘ built by Dana White to host international fighters against Justin Gaethje.
Khabib was due to lock horns with Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18 but travel restrictions brought on by COVID-19 prevented him from travelling.
UFC 249 was postponed to May 9, which saw Ferguson lose to Gaethje in Florida for the interim lightweight title.