cain velasquez2UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (11-1) has landed a new eight-fight contact with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The champ already had three fights left on his previous contract, but the promotion decided to extend their deal with Cain.

News of the new agreement was announced by UFC president Dana White following the UFC 157 pre-fight press conference.

“I have three fights left with Cain Velasquez. We just signed a new eight-fight deal with Cain. I didn’t have to do that.” – Dana White

Cain Velasquez recently recaptured the UFC heavyweight championship by defeating Junior dos Santos via unanimous decision at UFC 155 in December 2012. He previously lost the title to Junior at UFC on FOX 1 in November 2011, where he dropped a first round KO loss to the Brazilian. After a six month break the 30-year-old returned to action against Antonio Silva at UFC 146 in May 2012, where he scored an impressive first round TKO victory, earning himself a rematch against dos Santos.

Cain has spent the majority of his MMA career fighting for the UFC and has been able to defeat some of the best heavyweights in the world whilst rising to the top. With a promotional record of 9-1 it seems his consistency and ability to perform in big fights has earned him a long-term commitment from the UFC.

Velasquez will now grant Antonio Silva a rematch at UFC 160, which is set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, on May 25. Silva earned himself a title shot by picking up back-to-back stoppage wins over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem.

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