ISRAEL ADESANYA’s new deal with the UFC has seen him become one of the top earners in the promotion.
The dominant middleweight champion signed a new ‘multi-fight’ deal with the MMA leader earlier this week.
An excerpt from The Last Stylebender management’s press release reads: “One of the most profitable fights in the history of the company.
“Adesanya, as a result of this acquisition, will be one of the highest-paid athletes in mixed martial arts history.”
The exact value of Adesanya’s deal won’t be known until he fights in a state that requires the UFC to reveal the fighter’s wallet.
But the Nigerian-born Kiwi has crossed the moon with his new pay package, which he insists won’t change his mentality.
On UFC 271 media day: “It’s a big deal, it’s a big deal.
“And Eugene [Bareman] (Adesanya’s Coach0 is amazing, you see, he’s even emotional. And Tim [Simspon] (Adesanya’s manager) [felt] in the same way.
“But I was like, ‘It hasn’t hit me yet.’ Because if I talk about money, I will bounce back.
“Because I’m well off. I have one of the smartest men with money on my back and he’s helping me turn my money around smartly.
“It’s not for the money. I love money, don’t get me wrong. I’m doing this for the money, but not for the money.
“This is about legacy, this is about martial arts, this is about learning. And yes, I haven’t lost that step, I’m still hungry.”
Fan favorite Adesanya took home a wallet that revealed £375,000 ($500,000) for him final title defense against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263.
But his newly secured wallets are understood to be significantly larger than what he pocketed in his previous transaction.
Adesanya’s new deal could make him the UFC’s second-biggest earner behind poster boy, Conor McGregor.
MMA mogul McGregor’s last revealed wallet was £2.2 million, which he pocketed to beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
But Irish purses have grown dramatically thanks to a cut in pay-per-view sales.
Adesanya – who shares the same manager as The Notorious – is likely to have a similar deal with the MMA leader.
Adesanya will be back in action early Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 271 in Houston, Texas, where he will rematch with rival Robert Whittaker.
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