One heavily sought after free agent could be making his way to the UFC.

For years, Michael Chandler has been considered to be a mainstay at Bellator. While he has tested free agency in the past, he always ended up sticking with Bellator. Chandler has been a part of the Bjorn Rebney and Scott Coker eras but he may finally be competing under a different banner.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that the UFC has emerged as the frontrunner to sign Chandler. Helwani also noted that the promotion is hoping to book Chandler against Tony Ferguson. The UFC initially wanted to make Dustin Poirier vs. Ferguson a reality but negotiations hit a snag with “The Diamond.”

UFC president Dana White had told reporters that he was interested in signing Chandler.

“I would love to meet with him. That guy’s earned it, I would love to meet with him.”

Earlier this year, Chandler told ESPN that he was willing to test free agency once more to see who was willing to make the best offer.

“For me, getting up is an inside job, but it has been hard stepping in the cage with guys who I’ve had to lose against and not a lot to gain,” Chandler stated. “If I had the opportunity to fight Khabib, or anyone ranked No. 1 — I’ve played that in my head a million times. Not since 2011, when I stepped into the cage and fought Eddie Alvarez for the first time and was the extreme underdog — I’ve never quite had that feeling of a 10 since then.”