Mike Ricci is headed to World Series of Fighting.
The former TUF 16 finalist has signed a new contract with the promotion, WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed with MMAFighting.com. His debut fight, which will be contested at lightweight, is expected to take place in November.
Ricci is 2-0 since his release from the UFC in Sept. 2013, however, he has not fought since Aug. 2014. He failed to make weight prior to a Titan FC lightweight title fight in October, which was ultimately canceled after Yoshiyuki Yoshida decided against fighting Ricci at a catchweight, and then pulled out of another title fight against Pat Healy last month due to injury.
Interestingly enough, Ricci leaves Titan, whose COO Lex McMahon is also his manager.
"In this instance, Titan and Mike Ricci have agreed that it is in the mutual interest of the parties to move in a different direction," McMahon told MMAFighting.com. "Titan fully supports Mike Ricci and wishes him nothing but success in his future endeavors."
The 10-4 Montreal-native went 1-2 in the UFC before leaving the company following a loss to Myles Jury at UFC 165. Since then, he has defeated fellow UFC veterans Jorge Gurgel and George Sotiropoulos.