by Ken Pishna
Though many fans felt it had been a long time coming when Jeremy Horn finally made his Ultimate Fighting Championship return, in which he lost to current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell, it seems that Horn’s stint with the most prominent MMA promotion in the United States has come to an end.
Horn’s last fight, a middleweight victory over Team Quest’s Chael Sonnen, was also the final fight of his three-fight contract with the UFC. According to manager Monte Cox, it was obvious to both sides that there is currently no room for Horn in the promotion as long as he wants to fight in the middleweight division.
“It only makes sense. As long as Jeremy stays at middleweight and Rich [Franklin] holds the title, there’s really not much of a future for him in the UFC,” said Cox. “He and Rich won’t fight, so all he would be doing is picking off their top contenders, which doesn’t really make sense for them.”
Cox said that it was an amicable split and that they already have Horn’s immediate future secured… they just can’t say what that security entails. “We’ve already got a couple of things done, but we have to respect the promoter’s wishes and wait until they are ready to announce it,” Cox said, refusing to elaborate more on the specifics.
He did acknowledge that rumors of Horn having been offered a shot in Pride were true, but the parameters of the deal just weren’t quite right at the time. Cox said that they did find an appropriate deal for Horn’s services that seemed a better fit for him at this time, and he added that the specifics regarding Horn’s future should be announced soon.