Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva still had seven fights left on his contract that was agreed upon last year.
However, with officials in UFC over the weekend, “The Spider” signed a new deal, which is even longer than the previous one.
Silva is set to return to action after a year-long hiatus due to a broken leg this January at UFC 183 against Nick Diaz. The Brazilian suffered the injury last December in a loss to Chris Weidman.
“I had seven fights on my contract. I met with Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) on Thursday and that contract was canceled,” Silva told Combate. “We signed for another 15 fights. To make Dana crazy, I signed for 15 more fights.
“And to make my family crazy, too.”
Silva (33-6) has competed 18 times inside the Octagon, going 16-2. That includes wins over Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin and others, but he has lost his last two to Weidman.
At UFC 179, Silva was given a warm welcome by his fans, sitting cageside for the night to watch fellow Brazilian Jose Aldo keep a belt in the country by besting Chad Mendes.