UFC 209 title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father and cousin have been denied visas into the United States.
It appears as though Khabib Nurmagomedov’s own family will not be in attendance to watch the fighter potentially become the first Russian UFC champion.
According to Russian tabloid Life.ru, Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, was denied a visa into the United States, despite making several trips across the pond in the past. Former Bellator featherweight Magomedrasul ‘Frodo’ Khasbulaev, who happens to be Khabib’s second cousin, was also denied a visa into the U.S.
“The Embassy of course knows everything but they have no right to tell us about the real reasons for the denial,” Abdulmanap explained. “Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to fly back to the United States.”
This is not the first time that Russian citizens from the North Caucasus have struggled to gain entry into the United States. UFC lightweight Mairbek Taisumov previously struggled to secure a visa and is yet to obtain one.
“In any case, I would not miss [the fight]!” Abdulmanap added. “If needed, I would watch on my phone high in the mountains.”
Khabib is scheduled to meet Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight title at UFC 209, which takes place on Saturday, March 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.