After a couple weeks to think things over, Khabib Nurmagomedov has decided to fight on.
The undefeated lightweight has been frustrated after a string of injuries have left him on the sidelines for more than a year, right at the point he was breaking through as a legitimate title contender.
The American Kickboxing Academy fighter strongly considered retiring from mixed martial arts after he had to drop out of his Dec. 11 fight against Tony Ferguson due to a rib injury suffered in a light training session.
But MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that Nurmagomedov plans on continuing with his career.
"Fighting is in my blood, it is my life and this is what I do best in my life," Nurmagomedov (22-0) said.
According to his management team, Dominance MMA, Nurmagomedov left the final decision in the hands of his father, who said it's too soon to give up on his career just yet.
Nurmagomedov is targeting Super Bowl weekend for his return to competition. He last fought on April 19, 2014, when he defeated current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. He's since been sidelined due to knee issues and then his rib injury,