It can be argued that Anthony Johnson is the top light heavyweight free agent in the current mixed martial arts (MMA) landscape.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight -- turned World Series of Fighting (WSOF) heavyweight and light heavyweight -- has reached the end of his current WSOF contract and following a string of impressive wins, now commands either an increase in competition or a hefty pay raise.
While "Rumble" has previously said he hopes to re-sign with Ray Sefo and Co., it appears UFC President Dana White and resident matchmaker Joe Silva have at least broached the topic of Johnson's return, according to comments made during this week's UFC 169 media scrum (watch full video replay here).
“Me and [UFC matchmaker] Joe [Silva] were talking about him the other day, I like the kid. I always did.”
"Rumble" was cut from UFC in 2012 following a series of weight-cutting issues.
Johnson was last seen at WSOF 8 in Hollywood, Florida, putting Mike Kyle to sleep with a devastating right hand and securing his fourth knockout in six fights.
At only 29 years old, the Blackzilian product is just now hitting his stride, but with the sudden lack of depth in UFC's 205-pound division, those behind these types of decisions at ZUFFA should welcome a homecoming with open arms.
And "Bones" could use all the contenders he can get.