According to GracieFighter.com David Terrell will likely return to the UFC later this year in the light heavyweight division, up from the 185 pound middleweight division. Here is a piece of the news on “The Soul Assassin’s” return to the octagon:
“From a fighting perspective, the past 2 years have been hard ones on David Terrell. The Gracie Jiu-jitsu Black belt has endured a string of injuries that have kept him out of the cage…Now injury free and wanting a piece of the pie, Terrell eyes a return to fighting. This time however he seems determined to fight at the 205lbs weight limit instead of his recent 185lbs outings. The drastic weight cut to 185 proved too demanding and often left him drained of energy and susceptible to sickness. We should see Dave back in the UFC at the new weight mark later this year and those of us who know him can’t wait.”
Terrell debuted in the UFC in the middleweight division at UFC 49 in 2004 where he scored an upset win over Matt Lindland just 24 seconds into the first round. The win over the much more experience Lindland earned Terrell a shot at the then-vacant middleweight title against Evan Tanner in early 2005. Terrell lost the fight late in the first round via technical knockout.
His next UFC fight did not occur until April 2006 when he defeated Scott Smith via submission in the first round at UFC 59. The win was not without controversy as Smith filed an appeal due to improper refereeing of the bout.
Frequent injuries have cause Terrell to average just over one fight a year over his nearly 8 year old career going 6-2 over all of his MMA fights. He was scheduled to fight Yushin Okami on two occasions at both UFC 62 and UFC 66 but had to pull out of the fights due to injuries. The weight class move is expected to help Terrell stay healthier and ultimately fight more frequently.
Although not specifically mentioned on any UFC card there are a slew of open UFC events scheduled for this fall and given Terrell’s successful status in the UFC I would expect him to be on the televised portion of any of the events although the weight class move may relegate him to the undercard as he might face a lesser opponent to gain experience as a light heavyweight.