It has been nearly two years since we last saw Amir Sadollah inside the UFC octagon, and while the physical issues that have kept him on the sidelines have garnered no attention in the media, it appears he is recovering from serious nerve damage.
The TUF 7 winner's extended layoff began with an injury during a training session, which lead to a standard surgical procedure. Complications from the surgery led to Sadollah getting nerve damage, which is the main cause for his absence from the octagon.
"That's specifically the reason you haven't seen him back in the octagon," Sadollah's manager, Brian Butler-Au, told Fox Sports. "The injury was one thing that set him back, then the surgery, and then realizing the surgery caused some additional damage."
While Butler-Au was not willing to divulge into the details of the injury, as he wanted to maintain Sadollah's request to keep the information private. He did however state that the 33-year-old is looking to potentially make his return around October.
"He's feeling good now," Butler-Au said. "He's getting his training in and getting his timing back. It's nothing we want to rush into after being gone for so long. We want to get a good camp in, but Amir is anxious to get back in, and he's motivated."