Israel Adesanya Career Earnings In UFC
Israel Adesanya career earnings in the UFC total up to more than $1.2 million.
Adesanya, 30, is one of the most interesting superstars under the UFC banner today.
Initially he made his career debut back in 2012.
After fighting in Australia and Asia over the next five years, he earned a record of 11-0 before ultimately being picked up by the UFC.
All of his victories prior to being signed by the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world came by KO or TKO.
Adesanya made his UFC debut versus Rob Wilkinson on February 11, 2018, at UFC 221. He won the bout in the second round via TKO.
Two months later, he fought Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29 in April 2018. Although Adesanya earned the win over Vettori, he did not get a finish. He ended up getting the split decision nod.
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Adesanya then faced Brad Tavares on July 6, 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale – eventually beating his opponent in a dominant unanimous decision victory.
Next up, Adesanya faced Derek Brunson on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230. This was widely recognized as Adesanya’s biggest test yet, but he was not phased by the step up in competition at all.
Adesanya beat Brunson by way of a first round TKO and earned a performance bonus for his troubles.
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Four months later, Adesanya took on Anderson Silva on February 10, 2019, at UFC 234. He beat the legendary Brazilian fighter via unanimous decision and set himself up for an interim title shot in the process.
Next up, Adesanya fought Kelvin Gastelum for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship on April 13, 2019, at UFC 236.
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) September 22, 2019
Although both men fought valiantly over the course of five rounds, Adesanya would emerge victorious – securing a unanimous decision victory and the interim UFC middleweight championship of the world.
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Adesanya is set to face off against Robert Whittaker on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243 to unify the two middleweight titles.
You can check out Adesanya’s full career earnings below.
Please keep in mind these includes disclosed payments only – no secret payments or undisclosed sums.
UFC 221 – Feb 11, 2018 – Win (Wilkinson) – $153,500 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $3,500 Reebok sponsorship)
UFC on Fox: Gaethje vs Poirier – Apr 14, 2018 – Win (Vettori) – $109,500 ($53,000 to show, $53,000 win bonus, $3,500 fight week incentive pay)
TUF: Undefeated Finale – Jul 6, 2018 – Win (Brunson) – $165,500 ($56,000 to show, $56,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $3,500 fight week incentive pay)
UFC 230 – Nov 3, 2018 – Win (Brunson) – $172,000 ($59,000 to show, $59,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $4,000 fight week incentive pay)
UFC 234 – Feb 9, 2019 – Win (Silva) – $178,000 ($62,000 to show, $62,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $4,000 fight week incentive pay)
UFC 236 – Apr 13, 2019 – Win (Gastelum) – $430,000 ($350,000 show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $30,000 fight week incentive pay)
Total Career Earnings: $1,208,500
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