Well, how’s that for a free agent signing? On Wednesday, Bellator MMA announced they have inked now-former UFC star Phil Davis (pictured) to a multi-fight contract.
Davis quietly became a free agent after dropping a split decision to Ryan Bader in January at UFC on FOX 14.
“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.”
Davis and the UFC were in talks for an extension, but it appears Bellator had more wonderful things to offer “Mr. Wonderful.”
Financial terms of Davis’ deal were not disclosed.
“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 Bellator 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.”
Davis owns a 13-3 (1 NC) professional record, but has dropped two of his last three bouts. Furthermore, while talented, Davis’ overall game never caught up to his superior wrestling to allow him to compete for the UFC light heavyweight title.
UFC president Dana White previously mentioned that Davis lacked killer instinct.
No word on when Davis will make his Bellator debut.