UFC 209 Fighter’s Muslim Dad/mentor Denied U.S. Entry | Other Sports

28 February 2017 | 12:00 am

Unbeaten MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father has been denied a visa to enter the U.S. for this weekend’s UFC 209 in Las Vegas, The Guardian reported.

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov — a devout Muslim from Dagestan, a Muslim-majority Russian republic — had planned to be in his son’s corner for Saturday’s co-main event against Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight championship, the fighter’s manager confirmed to The Guardian.

It’s unclear why Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was denied entry to the U.S., although, The Guardian noted, Khabib’s cousin Magomedrasul ‘Frodo’ Khasbulaev previously has been denied a visa and MMA lightweight fighter Mairbek Taisumov, a Chechen-Russian, was turned down under the Obama administration.

President Donald Trump earlier this year issued an executive order, since suspended in federal court, banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.

From a young age, Khabib Nurmagomedov — 24-0 in his MMA career and considered a rising star — was coached by his father, an army veteran who used unusual training methods, The Guardian noted.

One such method involved his son wrestling a young bear.

“Firstly, a child always wants his father to see what his son is capable of,” Abdulmanap told ToFight.Ru (via SB Nation). “It is a pity that there was nothing more interesting when he was younger. In the end, this was a test of character more than exercise.”

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