twitter google

Cain Velasquez Signs New 8-Fight Contract With The UFC

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has a new contract, UFC president Dana White announced last week.

Velasquez, who re-claimed the belt from Junior dos Santos in 2012, has signed an eight-fight deal with the promotion. He will return to action this May at UFC 160 against Antonio Silva.

“He deserved it,” White said. “We always try to do the right thing.”

White stated that Velasquez still had three fights left on his previous contract, but the promotion felt confident in resigning the two-time champion.

The decision to give Velasquez a new deal comes on the heels of a series of cuts made by the UFC, including fighters like Jon Fitch, Vladimir Matyushenko and Che Mills.

“The thing that drives me the craziest is when people try to say, ‘Oh, these guys are just money-hungry,'” White said. “Money-hungry guys wouldn’t have bought this company in a million years.”

Photo credit: Esther Lin/All Elbows

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

UFC on FOX 21: Maia vs. Condit

Event Date: August 27, 2016
Broadcast: Fox, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 93: Arlovski vs. Barnett

Event Date: September 3, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem

Event Date: September 10, 2016
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson

Event Date: September 16, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 94: Poirier vs. Johnson

Event Date: September 17, 2016
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 95: Cyborg vs. Lansberg

Event Date: September 24, 2016
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass