Usman Making More Than Whittaker
While Robert Whittaker is the current reigning champion and one of the most dominant performers in recent memory, Israel Adesanya claims he’s not only the draw for their UFC 243 middleweight title unification, but making more than his oppponent.
“If it was Rob or anyone else…it could be Robert/Romero part 3, it could be Rob and Chris Weidman, it could be Rob and anyone else, it would not be at Marvel Stadium,” Adesanya said of the 63,000+ seat site of their title fight to Submission Radio. “It would not be in that kind of an echelon, that kind of a capacity, because it’s just Rob. But at the same time, this is me.”
“We have to just be honest. We can’t just lie about it. I’ve been the one pushing the culture forward for fighting down here with my team. And he, unfortunately, hasn’t been because, unfortunately, he’s been pulling out sick.”
Adesanya, like many MMA fans, has made light of Whittaker’s bad luck in recent fights, having to pull out of numerous fights, including his UFC 234 fight against Kelvin Gastelum, due to illness or injury.
“And that’s OK. I called in sick back in my old job once in a while,” Adesanya said of Whittaker. “I know the vibes. But, yeah, I’m the one pushing the culture forward, so let’s put it this way: if it was anyone else with Rob, it would not be in Marvel stadium. It wouldn’t sell out the way it has been. But because it’s me, that’s why.
“There’s a reason why I’m getting paid more than him, substantially more than him,” Adesanya continued. “There’s a reason why my stock is much higher than him.”
Report: MMA News