UFC champion Cris Cyborg signs new deal with promotion

Not only does Cris Cyborg have her first UFC title defense coming up next month, she has a new deal to go with it.Cyborg, the women’s featherweight champion, announced on her web site today that she’s signed a new UFC contract that will keep her with the promotion for “at least the next 15 months,” makingher the “highest paid female fighter currently on the UFC roster.”The new deal comes one day after the UFC announced Cyborg(18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will defend her title against ex-bantamweight champion Holly Holm(11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) on Dec. 30 at the UFC 219 pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
I am excited to be committed to the UFC,” Cyborg said in a statement. “Dana White has proven himself as the best promoter in the sport, and with the recent addition of Mick Maynard as womens matchmaker, I felt it was time to come to an agreement where we can both work together and be committed in both building the UFC and the Cris Cyborg brands. … I am excited to start this new chapter in my career as a real partner with the UFC and the fights we will promote together.Cyborg shed light on her contract situation back in July, prior to her title win over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214. Cyborg said then that her deal with the UFC was set to expire in October, but she was hopeful she’d sign a new one.The relationship between Cyborg and the UFC hasn’t always been smooth. UFC President Dana White and analyst Joe Rogan, in particular, have made some unnecessary and harsh comments about Cyborg over the years. But things began to turn earlier this year when White admitted to MMAjunkie that the UFC has “made some mistakes” in its dealings with Cyborg.
Cyborg is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, fighters in women’s MMA history. She hasn’t lost since 2005 on her way to winning championships in Strikeforce, Invicta and the UFC.For more onUFC 219, visit theUFC Rumorssection of the site.



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