Israel Adesanya has been given a medical suspension for six months. Adesanya suffered the first defeat of his professional career on Saturday night to Jan Blachowicz in Las Vegas.
Due to the fight against Blachowicz, the Nigerian born fighter sustained some injuries and it may take as long as September before he is given the green light to fight again.
The 31-year-old will also have to carry out X-rays on his left foot and ankle to know the degree of damage sustained before knowing when he will return.
Meanwhile, Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman, refused to give reasons for the 31-year-old after his desire to become a two-weight champion was brought to an end at UFC 259 by Blachowicz.
Bareman says Adesanya is “humble” about the loss and insists the mode of preparation due to travel and COVID-19 safety protocol were the reasons for his loss.
Speaking about Adesanya’s defeat, Bareman told Submission Radio:
“No excuses. I think the training camp went well, and the lead-up to the fight week was brilliant.
“There are no excuses here. This is the thing, man, when you lose, it doesn’t happen in this sport nowadays, but sometimes you just lose and you just have to take it.
“And we are as a team internalizing it, and we’re being humble about it and taking it like a loss, like you should do.
“It doesn’t happen enough in this sport. People kind of refuse to accept a loss, but we’re accepting it we’re looking to take what we can out of it.”
He also believes the defeat could serve as a blessing in disguise as it has not only taught him a lot, but raised his “to get back in and fix some of the small details.”
On the Adesanya vs Blachowicz fight, Bareman said:
“We’ve learned a lot, to be honest. “There’s not too much that I want to talk about, what we’ve learned, I always want to keep whatever edge that we have over everybody else, I don’t want to talk about too much what we’ve learned.”