Josh Thomson is no longer with the UFC, and will likely be heading over to Bellator.

It’s where he belongs. He was one of the best lightweights Strikeforce ever had, but when he transitioned to the UFC, he didn’t fare so well. You can blame time and age on that – Thomson is one of those gritty old-school dudes who’s been around so long that his body is held together by duct tape. In four trips to the Octagon, he won only once, clobbering Nate Diaz before dropping decisions to Benson Henderson, Bobby Green and Tony Ferguson. However, other than the Ferguson fight, the decisions were razor thin, so it’s obvious Thomson still has some more fight left in him.

Anyway, here’s MMAFighting with the scoop:

Josh Thomson’s latest UFC run has come to end.

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the UFC declined to offer Thomson a new contract once his most recent one expired following his loss to Tony Ferguson last month. As a result, Thomson is close to finalizing a new deal with Bellator MMA, which would reunite him with his long-time promoter Scott Coker. That new contract is expected to be announced in the coming days.

Bellator has some tough lightweights, but it’s not inconceivable to envision Thomson wearing a championship belt somewhere down the line.