UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is on his way toward becoming a relatively wealthy man.
The Kings MMA fighter recently signed a new contract with the UFC worth seven figures, he wrote in a caption on his Instagram Friday.
“I just signed a new 7 figure deal with the UFC, thank you to Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for changing my life. And thank you to my good friend and manager, Ali Abdelaziz, for changing my life,” he wrote.
Werdum is six months removed from defeating Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title at UFC 188 in Mexico City. He’ll face the American Kickboxing Academy heavyweight again on Super Bowl weekend at UFC 196, looking to solidify the start of his reign as the baddest man on the planet.
It’s the third consecutive time Werdum has been originally scheduled to face the former champion. Velasquez pulled out of their original contest at UFC 180 in November 2014 due to an injury. Werdum would go on to become the UFC’s interim heavyweight champion by defeating Mark Hunt that night, only to unify the titles by defeating Velasquez via second-round guillotine eight months later.
The contract is just the latest sign of a career turnaround for Werdum, who was originally cut from the UFC following a highlight-reel knockout loss to Junior do Santos in 2008. He’d go on to compete under the Strikeforce banner for three years before making his return to the Octagon, where he has reeled off six straight victories over some of the bigger names in the division.