McGregor accuses Khabib of faking father's illness to avoid fights

Conor McGregor has sensationally claimed that Khabib Nurmagomedov has faked his father’s serious health problems to avoid UFC fights.

Abdulmanap contracted coronavirus in May and had been in a life-threatening situation after suffering a stroke and being placed in a medically induced coma.

Thankfully his condition has improved, but he remains in a serious condition in hospital, barely able to communicate.

However, McGregor made the crass accusation when Khabib’s cousin Abubakar posted a picture on Instagram of the Dagestani dominating the Irishman during their 2018 UFC lightweight title match.

‘When it’s coronavirus and you can’t breathe,’ wrote Abubakar Nurmagomedov.

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The former featherweight and lightweight champ did not take the taunt well and responded with the shocking suggestion, before deleting the comment.

McGregor wrote: ‘I figured it was all just a cover up about Abdulmanap..

‘A cover up to hide the lack of activity and the pulling out of fights and running away. Good luck but remember – Allah sees all!’

Khabib is yet to respond to the comment from McGregor, but he did offer an update on his father’s condition in recent days.

‘His condition is still serious, he’s still in intensive care,’ Khabib told Russian television, via RT Sports. ‘The coronavirus itself is behind him, but the virus has had consequences for his kidneys and his heart.

‘As for the virus, there’s no need to worry, only about the other consequences.

‘I visit him, he recognises me, but there’s no communication because he’s connected to devices.

‘Every day they let me in, I spend half an hour [with him], I hold his hand. When I ask: “Father, do you recognise me?” He gestures and lets me know.’

Khabib’s next fight is likely to be against Justin Gaethje with the lightweight title on the line, with the unbeaten Russian saying he is preparing for an autumn contest.

‘I’m training every day, preparing, because I know my father would want me to stay in shape and not stop training because of him,’ said the champion.

‘When I visit him I always tell him, ‘I’m training every morning and evening, I’m in good shape’, and I see a smile appear on his face.

‘Training helps me get rid of the stress, take my mind off everything.

‘What am I training for? I’ve trained all my life. As my dad always said, ‘There’s always an arena for a well-prepared horse to perform’.

‘So, I think I’ll return in autumn to defend my title.’

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