Israel Adesanya Is Glad Jake Paul Challenged Dana White On Fighter Pay
Israel Adesanya thinks Jake Paul has done the right thing.
Adesanya recently announced he signed a new lucrative contract with the UFC, making him the second highest-paid fighter in the promotion, right behind Conor McGregor.
“I think Jake Paul was the right guy to (challenge Dana White) at the time,” Adesanya told talkSPORT.
“He was one of the guys to get this conversation going that Francis jumped in. You have me even now speaking about it. “Just because I got my new deal doesn’t mean I just shut up about it.”
Adesanya is coming off a successful title defense against Robert Whittaker where he retained his belt via unanimous decision.
The fight came weeks after UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou’s longstanding conflict with the promotion in regard to his contract.
Ngannou extended his contract by either three fights or one year after he defeated interim champion Ciryl Gane via unanimous decision. But the heavyweight champ has expressed that he’s willing to sit out the rest of his contract if he doesn’t get what he wants on his contract.
Ngannou is requesting to be paid more than $600,000 in his fights and have the option to box. It’s unclear if Ngannou and the UFC have come to an agreement.
Adesanya, Ngannou and welterweight champion Kamaru Usman are all close with one another and are champions in their respective divisions.
Specifics of Adesanya’s contract hasn’t been disclosed, but it’s clear that he is satisfied with it. But he also wants this justified pay with other top-level fighters.
“I’m talking about the guy who is having the second fight in the UFC,” Adesanya said. “I think they should be paid well enough that they can have a 12-week training camp without having a second or third job. They can pay their managers and have their training fees taken care of and still have enough to live on comfortably.”