Nigerian Israel Adesanya Takes Home World Record Pay After UFC Victory [SEE FIGURES]
March. 09, 2020
Nigerian born Israel Adesanya aka last stylebender went home with a whooping $500,000 following his unanimous point victory over Yoel Romero. The 30-year-old successfully defended his UFC middleweight championship against his Cuban challenger. Zhang Weili earned $200,000 after defeating Polish star Joanna Jedrzejczyk to retain her strawweight title. Israel Adesanya retained his UFC middleweight title in his first defence of the belt to Yoel Romero in Las Vegas.
The Nigerian-born New Zealand fighter was really put to the test by Romero but all three judges scored the fight in his favour after five rounds. But the most fulfilling part of the encounter was definitely walking away with $500,000 which was the highest amount earned at the UFC 248 pay-per-view event. Romero also pocketed $350,000 despite losing to the champion on points making him the second most paid mixed martial artist.
Strawweight champion Zhang Weili went home with an appearance fee of $100,000 and a winning bonus of $100,00 after defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk who earned $106,000.
Here are the various amounts fighters walked away with on the main card at UFC 248.
Israel Adesanya (c): $500,000 (no win bonus), Yoel Romero: $350,000 (no win bonus).
Weili Zhang (c): $100,000 to show ($100,000 to win), Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $106,000 to show ($106,000 to win).
Beneil Dariush $70,000 to show ($70,000 to win), Drakkar Klose: $40,000 to show ($40,000 to win).
Neil Magny: $76,000 to show ($76,000 to win), Li Jingliang: $64,000 to show ($64,000 to win).
Alex Oliveira: $64,000 to show ($64,000 to win), Max Griffin: $35,000 to show ($35,000 to win).
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