Former Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sadollah has been forced to stay on the sidelines longer than he would have liked.

The 33-year-old Sadollah (6-4) hasn’t fought since a 2012 loss to Dan Hardy in England. For the winner of Season 7 of TUF, that wasn’t the plan.

Sadollah was forced to undergo surgery following an injury suffered in training, which kept him sidelined. However, nerve damage that occurred during the operation has made his inactivity period grow even longer, as his manager recently told FOX Sports.

“The injury was one thing that set him back, then the surgery and then realizing the surgery caused some additional damage,” Brian Butler-Au said. “He’s feeling good now. He’s getting his training in and getting his training 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.”

While Butler-Au did not provide the exact injury suffered by Sadollah, he did say October was a possibility for his return.

All 10 of Sadollah’s pro fights have come inside the Octagon, as he defeated CB Dollaway for the Ultimate Fighter crown in 2008. His next bout was against current welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, which he lost via TKO in the first round.

Other notable wins include a submission over DaMarques Johnson and a decision vs. Peter Sobotta. Sadollah has also been inside the cage with the likes of Duane Ludwig and Dong Hyun Kim.