Conor McGregor Reacts as Israel Adesanya Signs New Deal to Become One of UFC’s Top-Paid Superstars

Published 02/09/2022, 11:24 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Israel Adesanya is one of the biggest draws in the UFC at the moment. In his short run in the UFC, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has dominated the top fighters in the middleweight division.

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With only two fights left on his contract, fans were wondering whether he would join the current fighters’ pay issue and follow suit with the UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou.

However, TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter revealed his new contract in a tweet.

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He tweeted, “Per a release from @ParadigmSports Israel Adesanya has signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC, making him,” one of the top paid athletes in the history of mixed martial arts.”

The timing of the news is rather interesting, as recently, his coach suggested he was not happy with the push they were receiving from the UFC.

One of the other Paradigm Sports athletes, Conor McGregor, has shown support for Adesanya for his upcoming fight.

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Kamaru Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, recently pushed to book a fight between ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ and ‘The Last Stylebender‘. However, both the fighters had appeared to not challenge each other.

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Both had suggested that they respect each other and being fellow Nigerians would not fight each other. The middleweight champion suggested Abdelaziz is just greedy to keep bringing the fight.

In the interview with Aaron Bronsteter, Adesanya had explained the reason for fighting and his plans with fellow African champions.

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He said, “If I was gonna do this for money and retire, I would have retired three fights ago. I’m set. But no it’s bigger than money it’s just about legacy, it’s about, I like, I’m still looking to capture that image of me, Kamaru, and Francis as the three kings because we haven’t done that yet together and maybe even on the magazine cover of time magazine or something crazy, sports illustrated. Yeah, so, it’s bigger than money, it’s bigger than that.”

A magazine cover with the three African UFC champions would definitely sound like something UFC fans would love to get their hands on.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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