We are days away from UFC 209 where Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will be facing off for the interim UFC lightweight belt and a chance at UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Needless to say, the MMA world is on the edge of their seats. But, two very important people won't be in attendance to watch the title fight — Khabib's father and cousins.
Apparently, the group was denied Visa's into the United States.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib's father as well as Shamil Zavurov and second cousin Mahammadrasul "Frodo" Hasbulaev have been denied entry into the US. No reason for the denial was provided.
"I've been to the US before and always openly said what I think. I think that's why now I am denied a visa," said Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov to life.ru.
The current political climate in the US is tenuous currently due to President Donald Trump's travel ban, although Russia (where the men are from) is not on the banned list.
This means, unless there is some sort of intervention, Khabib will not have his family in attendance for the biggest fight of his career. Although, luckily, he does not appear to be alone.
Khabib's father has never cornered him for a fight prior, so it is not expected to hinder the game plan for the Ferguson fight.
Khabib has yet to comment on the situation, but he is set to appear on the MMA Hour later today.
He did send a message to his father via Instagram prior to the denial saying, "Thank you father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov for bringing me up both as a person and fighter. None of my achievements would be possible without you by my side."