Watch BT Sport’s tear-jerking tribute to Khabib’s dad Abdulmanap as champ’s story is told as cartoon ahead of UFC 254

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A TEAR-JERKING animated video has been released by BT Sport highlighting Khabib Nurmagomedov’s journey to stardom alongside his late father Abdulmanap.

The undefeated lightweight champion returns to the cage on Saturday at UFC 254 on Fight Island to defend his title against Justin Gaethje.

BT Sport have been praised for their tear-jerking animated tribute to Khabib's dad Abdulmanap

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BT Sport have been praised for their tear-jerking animated tribute to Khabib's dad AbdulmanapCredit: BT Sport

The fighter’s father sadly passed away in the summer following complications after contracting coronavirus

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The fighter’s father sadly passed away in the summer following complications after contracting coronavirusCredit: EPA

The cartoon has been released in the build-up to Khabib’s fight with Justin Gaethje and even shows him wrestling a bear as a kid

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The cartoon has been released in the build-up to Khabib’s fight with Justin Gaethje and even shows him wrestling a bear as a kidCredit: BT Sport

This is his first fight since losing his dad in July through complications after contracting coronavirus and heart surgery.

Khabib was left devastated by the loss of his father and mentor, and hinted he could retire, only to declare his desire to fulfil Abdulmanap’s wish for him to go 30-0 in his pro career.

Now BT Sport have paid tribute to the Dagestani-fighter and his dad with a two-minute cartoon ahead of his clash with Gaethje.

It begins with a young Khabib running up a hill alongside his dad before showing the star grappling with a bear before cutting to his MMA debut and early career with his father cornering him.

The animation then skips to Khabib being granted a UFC deal but Abdulmanap being unable to travel with him due to visa issues.

It then shows his dad in his corner for his successful championship defence against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi in September 2019.

A dejected Khabib is then shown in the gym following the death before running up the same mountain as shown at the start of the clip before it ends with the fighter fist-bumping Justin Gaethje in the octagon at UFC 254.

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Gaethje stepped in for Khabib back in May to fight and beat Tony Ferguson to become interim champ.

As well as it’s emotional story, it is also proving to be a great promotion tool for the event on social media.

A host of other UFC stars and MMA personalities have reacted to BT Sport’s animation with the below: 

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