The possibility of Israel Adesanya making his octagon comeback has just become murkier, with the fighter revealing that he’s only planning to return to training by the end of next month.

Adesanya hasn’t fought since losing his belt to Sean Strickland via unanimous decision last September at UFC UFC 293. After this last fight, the former champ announced that he would be taking a “long” break, but many expressed doubt over this, including Alex Pereira, who said his long-time rival would be back sooner than expected. “Poatan” also made several callouts to “The Last Stylebender” after securing the light heavyweight title at UFC 295.

In recent reports, there were different suggestions that Pereira would meet Adesanya again at UFC 300. Given their long history of rivalry and their huge names as the promotion’s fighters, this is not impossible. Personalities like Georges St-Pierre, Chael Sonnen, and Daniel Cormier also expressed interest in seeing the fighter enter the cage again. However, with the UFC 300 approaching, time is running out for Adesanya.

Even more, the New Zealander revealed that he’s still not in training, albeit there is a plan to do so next month. Yet, with the gigantic event just three months away, it is hard to say we’ll spot the former champ in the UFC 300 cage.

“When I come back into the gym and start training full-time, I’m in a new space with a new energy,” Adesanya said in an interview. “Probably end of next month, maybe. But I think with the way I heal, my body, I don’t think maybe it will take that long. But yeah, end of next month, I’m probably thinking maybe earlier. We’ll see. I’m gonna go do rehab now… Things are tracking along nicely.”

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