Israel Adesanya Inks Multi-Fight UFC Deal, Hopes It Happens To Other Fighters
Israel Adesanya just signed a “f–ing big deal.”
Adesanya, who is with Paradigm Sports Management team, said he believes he’s now the second-highest paid active fighter in the UFC at the UFC 271 media day Wednesday.
“I’m glad we came to an agreement with this new deal,” Adesanya said. “I look forward to this effect trickling down to the rest of the fighters.”
The UFC middleweight champion didn’t go into contract details such as how much it’s worth or how long it’s for, but The Paradigm described it as a “multifight” deal. The titleholder said he signed the contract and bout agreement for his Saturday title defense and rematch against Robert Whittaker.
The deal came together after months of negotiation.
Adesanya (21-1) took the promotion by storm and has only one blemish on his MMA record, which came from former champion Jan Blachowicz in a failed attempt to become a double champion in the light heavyweight division.
Adesanya first defeated Whittaker in October 2019 at UFC 243 and won the UFC middleweight title.
“The thing I want to know is what’s my value to the company,” Adesanya said. “You can’t undersell my value, if you are, you’re kidding yourself. I bring so many different looks to this company.”
The Paradigm also manages Conor McGregor, who is the highest paid athlete in UFC history.