What's worse than losing a fight? Losing a fight when it's the last one on your UFC contract.
That's the position longtime light heavyweight contender Phil Davis faces midway through the first quarter of 2015. In addition, "Mr. Wonderful" hasn't finished a fight since choking out Wagner Prado back in 2012. Since then, the former collegiate wrestler is a ho-hum 3-2 with all three wins coming by way of decision.
"Sources close to Phil Davis said his last fight was the last fight on his current deal," Ariel Helwani told UFC Tonight. "He's currently negotiating with the UFC, but they haven't come to terms and he doesn't have a contract right now."
Davis (13-3, 1 NC) finds himself in a bit of a weird situation.
While he's ranked No. 7 at 205 pounds, with signature victories over former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, as well as ex-No. 1 contenders Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson, he's about as far away from the title as you can get without falling out of the top 10.
Could be tough putting a price on that type of combatant.
But that's for UFC and Davis to figure out, as they are still operating within an exclusive negotiating period. Once that expires, you can expect "Mr. Wonderful" to start fielding offers from Bellator MMA and World Series of Fighting (WSOF), if it even gets to that point.
Time will tell.