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UFC veteran Phil Davis signs multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA (Updated)

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

It's understandable if Liam McGeary is looking over his shoulder.

Former UFC light heavyweight contender Phil Davis, who was left without a ZUFFA contract following a split-decision loss to Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 14, signed with Bellator MMA on Wednesday and is expected to make his Spike TV debut later this year.

"I can't wait to be fighting in Bellator and wreck shop on everyone," Davis said in today's release. "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 is still ranked No. 7 at 205 pounds in the official UFC rankings, holding signature victories over former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, as well as ex-No. 1 contenders Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson. "Mr. Wonderful," however, hasn't finished a fight since choking out Wagner Prado back in 2012.

And he's just 3-2 over his last five fights, but now has a fresh start under a new promotion.

In fact, there are several intriguing fights under the Viacom banner and who knows, maybe it's enough to compel this guy to return. If not, it's hard to imagine the former NCAA Division-1 National Champion out of Penn State isn't at most, 1-2 wins away from a title shot.

Stay tuned.

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