It’s been nearly eight months since Carlos Condit trashed his knee while fighting Tyron Woodley at UFC 171, and the perennial contender has mapped out a timeline for his return.

If you recall, Condit tore his ACL and partially tore his meniscus, during his bout with Woodley on March 15th. The serious injury led to a TKO defeat, surgery, and handed Condit his third loss in four fights.

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Well, recently the vet spoke to Bleacher Report about his ongoing recovery, and here is some of what Condit had to say about his return:

“I’ve basically been cleared to start doing some sparring and training as long as it is light,” Condit said. “I have to be cautious of anything explosive movement-wise or doing anything too quickly. I can run, hit mitts and do plenty of other things. I just can’t go 100 percent on anything yet. I can do jiu-jitsu from the ground but I have to be careful with explosivetakedowns and things like that. All of my training partners have been great and know I’m not 100 percent right now, so they’ve been able to get their work in without putting my knee in danger.

“Right now, I’m looking at getting back into the cage in March or April. That’s the plan and I’m working hard to make that happen.”

It will be good to see Condit back in the cage, as there’s no question he is one of the UFC’s top welterweights. The only men who have defeated Condit since he joined the WEC / UFC include Martin Kampmann, Johny Hendricks, Georges St. Pierre and Woodley.

Condit avenged his 2009 loss to Kampmann last year, however, by stopping the latter in August. The New Mexico fighter is currently ranked #4.