Umar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of UFC lightweight champion Khabib, has reportedly been released from a hospital in Abu Dhabi and has returned to his homeland after being forced to retire from UFC 254 due to illness.

Umar, who is 12-0 as a pro, made his UFC debut on ‘Fight Island’ last weekend in a bantamweight bout against Sergey Morozov but had a fever caused by a staph infection during fight week.

However, citing a source close to the fighter, the TASS news agency has announced that Nurmagomedov has fully recovered and is waiting for a new Octagon assignment.

“Umar has recovered and returned to Russia. He is waiting for the opportunity to debut in the UFC,” said a source close to Nurmagomedov.

This marked the third time this year that Nurmagomedov’s first UFC appearance was postponed. A first April debut against Hunter Azure was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, while another fight against England’s Nathaniel Wood was scratched after the death of Khabib’s father and coach, Abdulmanap.

Umar Nurmagomedov last competed for the Gorilla Fighting Championship in Uzbekistan in November, where he defeated Braian Gonzalez in the first round.

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Umar’s cousin Khabib successfully represented the family name Nurmagomedov at the UFC 254 event on ‘Fight Island’ last Saturday and defeated Justin Gaethje in the second round to keep his UFC world title.

With Khabib’s immediate future unclear after conflicting reports on the status of the resignation he announced shortly after defeating Gaethje, Umar Nurmagomedov is now waiting for information on a fourth opportunity to step inside the UFC cage for the first time.


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