Like a ninja, disappearing in an explosion of sparks and smoke, TUF winner Roy Nelson has left the UFC… and rematerialized in Bellator.

Yes, like you, I didn’t even know Nelson was truly on the verge of jumping ship. Sure, his last win was a KO over Bigfoot Silva in 2016, and he’s been sucking hard for while. Still…

Here’s MMAFighting with the scoop:

“Big Country” is off to Bellator.

Roy Nelson (22-14) has signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, MMA Fighting has confirmed with multiple sources. The promotion is expected to officially announce the signing in the coming days.

Nelson’s UFC contract expired following his unanimous decision loss to Alexander Volkov in April. While his Bellator debut has yet to be finalized, the early plan is for him to fight in the fall.