Khabib Nurmagomedov has a unique relationship with his father - renowned Dagestani coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. Without him, Khabib would likely have never reached the highest levels of MMA.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Khabib will not contemplate retirement until he has the discussion with his father.
"In my life, my father plays a very big role, and I take almost all major decisions only after consulting with the Father," Khabib said on Instagram. "Whether I fight further or not depends only on God and on the opinion of Father.
"If he tells me - I'm done, I'm done. The blessing of your parents is the most important thing."
Khabib suffered his third consecutive injury last week and was forced to withdraw from his highly anticipated clash against Tony Ferguson at the TUF 22 Finale. While Khabib's injury came in the form of a broken rib - an excruciatingly painful yet far from career-threatening injury - he revealed that he is contemplating retirement.
Renowned as one of the top MMA coaches in all of Russia, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is not a man whose opinion you take lightly. He is a hardened man who has overcome warfare, resettlement and other turmoil to establish one arguably the elite Dagestani roster of fighters. He has helped the likes of UFC's Islam Makhachev, as well as Abubakar Nurmagomedov.