Two of the UFC’s fastest rising stars, Ben Henderson and Carlos Condit, have signed new multi-fight deals with the promotion.
The announcement comes via the fighters’ manager Malki Kawa who is the president of First Round Management. Details of the two men’s deals were not disclosed.
“These fight contract extensions show the MMA world that the UFC values Ben Henderson and Carlos Condit as two of its top, young stars,” Kawa remarked in a press release. “Both are only 27 years old and have proven that they are contenders for titles in their weight divisions and also have strong fan bases. Fans will now be able to see them continue to grow in the octagon.”
Both Henderson and Condit are former WEC champions in their respective weight categories and have continued to make their mark since stepping up to the UFC.
Condit’s UFC career got off to a less than ideal start when he lost out to Martin Kampmann via an extremely close split decision verdict, but since then he’s produced three wins in a row against good quality opposition in Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim.
It’s the way that he fights that has really caught people’s eye however, with his never-say-die attitude and willingess to fight for the finish wherever the fight goes gaining him a reputation as one of the welterweight’s most entertaining fighters.
It’s also lead him to be catapulted up the 170lb rankings and in his most high profile fight to date against BJ Penn in October at UFC 137 a win could establish him as the division’s next No.1 contender.
Meanwhile Henderson has been making an equally impressive impact in the lightweight division since migrating over from the WEC at the end of last year.
A dominant win over the always tough Mark Bocek followed up by an unexpectedly one-sided beatdown of top contender Jim Miller has made him the talk of the weight class.
Like Condit his dynamic style has won him many fans and he too is firmly in the title mix at 155lbs.