Who says you can't go home again?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today (Dec. 20, 2014) announced that former light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson -- who as of yesterday was reportedly still under contract with Bellator MMA -- will once again compete under the ZUFFA banner.
UFC made the announcement -- first rumored on Friday night -- during the UFC Fight Night 58: "Machida vs. Dollaway" mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1.
Jackson (35-11) left UFC back in 2013 after a string of consecutive losses. During his run, the former PRIDE attraction was openly critical about the promotion's pay scale, as well as its matchmaking abilities. What's changed between then and now?
Fortunately for the 36-year-old slugger, he was able to get back into the win column during his short stint in Bellator MMA, including two wins by knockout. Finishing Joey Beltran in his Spike TV debut was the first finish for Jackson in over five years.
That said, it's hard to imagine where he fits into the 205-pound landscape. Taking a look at the division top 10 (see it here), it's unlikely he'll return as a ranked fighter, especially considering his consecutive losses to Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira.
Scott Coker was right ... it did get interesting.