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UFC inks Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer Maia

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just signed one of the best female fighters in the world, as Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer Maia has inked a deal with the global mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.

The Invicta FC standout announced the signing earlier this week via Instagram (shown below) after Combate first reported the news.

“Everything in its time... I thank the affection and messages of all, that is what motivates me more and more and makes me see that I am on the right path,” Maia wrote (translation via Google). “Signing a contract with the big @ufc event is an achievement and achievement for everyone that is around me. I thank all the team that I have, through my will guide me to show a beautiful team work. I am very grateful also to all who gave me the opportunity to build my trajectory! . . . Now it’s a new beginning ...”

Maia, 29, has won her last six professional bouts, including three-straight championship fights and two successful flyweight title defenses. The Muay Thai expert was close to signing with UFC earlier this year to fight Valentina Shevchenko at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil, but she didn’t have enough time to prepare.

”My fighting style is not a strategic one,” Maia told MMA Fighting earlier this month of a potential clash with Shevchenko. “I prepare myself to be ready wherever I feel comfortable in the fight, but my background is Muay Thai so I’d fight her standing.

”If I feel any difficulties, since she’s a great striker, I’d take the fight to the ground. But I think it would be a good fight standing. I’d test myself first.”

Now that the contract is official and Shevchenko has decisively won her first bout at 125 pounds, maybe a clash between the two female combatants can produce the first No. 1 contender in the women’s flyweight division.