Since getting his pink slip from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after his first-round submission loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC 142 two years ago, Anthony Johnson has gone on a tear.
Winner of six straight, "Rumble" has blitzed through most of the competition (example here), winning four fights via knockout and two by unanimous decision under the Titan FC banner and most recently, World Series of Fighting (WSOF).
Now that's he completed his obligations with WSOF, Johnson is free agent and can shop around to see which other mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion is interested in his services.
But as his manager Glenn Robinson recently revealed on The MMA Hour, they are going to sit down with the heads of WSOF in order to see what they will offer first before fielding other offers.
"The World Series of Fighting has been good to Anthony and we're going to sit down and talk to them first. Ray and Ali have been really nice to him, so we're going to sit down and talk to them first and see what the offer is and go from there. What he wants to do right now is relax for a few weeks, and then we'll meet with WSOF and see what they put on the table and see if we can work something out. Hopefully we can, and if we can't, we'll see what else is out there for him."
While competing under the UFC banner as a welterweight, Johnson failed to hit the 170-pound mark on three separate occasions, including his bout against "The Phenom" which was set to mark Anthony's middleweight debut (see why here).
Since then, The Blackzilian-team member has competed at light heavyweight and once at heavyweight. Finding his home in the 205-pound division, he has proven to be a legitimate threat who has seemed to have figured out a way to avoid his weight-cutting woes.
Of course, should Team "Rumble" opt to test free agency after their meeting with WSOF -- a fight promotion that has treated them very well -- popular opinion would be for UFC officials to make a move. A promotion Robinson reveals he has yet to be in contact with out of respect to WSOF.
Of course, there is always Bellator, as they have revamped their 205-pound division with the signings of Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
What say you Maniacs, would you like to see "Rumble" compete under the UFC banner again, this time as a light heavyweight? Or will WSOF make him an offer he can't refuse?