While some fighters are bolting for what they perceive to be Bellator MMA's greener grass, others are eager to return to their old Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stomping grounds.
That is the case with Tamdan McCrory, who left behind a Bellator title shot to re-sign with his former employers earlier this week. Or so he -- and a prepared statement from UFC -- says.
"I left a title shot in [Bellator] to come to the UFC," said Tamdan when explaining his position and decision to UFC.com (via Sherdog)."If I wanted to win that belt, I could have stayed and done it, but I wanted to be back in the sport of MMA, not the MMA entertainment business."
While some are quick to downplay the level of competition Bellator has to offer when compared to UFC's, that wasn't a factor in Tamdan's decision.
Because instead of running from the fire, he's running toward it, claiming he wouldn't have returned to the biggest MMA stage if he didn't believe he could cause some damage.
"I wouldn't have come back if I didn't believe wholeheartedly that I could come back and just wreck house," McCrory concluded.
Now, we'll wait and see if he's happy with his sponsorship finances upon his return.
During his first stint inside the Octagon, "Barn Cat" alternated wins and losses to accumulate an average (3-3) record as a Welterweight. Under the Bellator banner, he went undefeated (2-0) in its Middleweight division.
Let's just hope McCrory can back up his tough talk and isn't just being used a promotional proxy.