One of the planet’s best light-heavyweights is heading from the UFC to Bellator, as today the promotion has announced that it’s signed Phil Davis to a multi-fight contract.
Davis entered the free agent market following his tightly contested, split decision loss to Ryan Bader, which took place at UFC on FOX 14 in January. The defeat dropped “Mr Wonderful’s” overall record to 12-3, but the decorated wrestler remained a top ten ranked fighter with the UFC, as he’s currently sitting at #7 (although look for that to change in the coming hours…).
Bellator hasn’t announced when and who Davis will battle in his debut, but in a press release from the promotion he was quoted saying:
“I can’t wait to be fighting in Bellator and wreck shop on everyone,” said Davis. “I am the absolute best and most dominant grappler to ever fight in MMA and I’m excited to get in there and compete at my new home.”
And here’s what Bellator boss man Scott Coker had to say about the acquisition:
“Phil is a world class Mixed Martial Artist and we are very happy to be adding him to OUR roster of some of the best Light Heavyweights in the world,” said the promotion’s president, Scott Coker. “Bellator remains fully committed to building its world-class roster by signing top free agents like Davis, as well as grooming up-and-coming stars. We’ve got some amazing matchups in mind for ‘Mr. Wonderful’ that we will be announcing in the weeks to come.”
So there you have it. Perhaps Davis will end up facing fellow UFC vets like Tito Ortiz or even “Rampage” Jackson in the near future?