With the UFC at present valued at $12.1 billion and rising, according to Forbes, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (24-2) is looking for the corporate to loosen its purse strings for post-fight bonus awards.
UFC president Dana White awards $50,000 bonuses for Efficiency of the Night time (awarded to the 2 greatest particular person performances on a card) and Battle of the Night time. Every so often, he has given out $100,000 bonuses for a number of occasions — one thing Adesanya believes ought to be nearer to the norm.
“The UFC and WWE merger, $21.4 billion greenback firm,” Adesanya said on a current episode of “Impaulsive.” “I’m like, ‘Yo, they’ll go up.’ It’s been a number of years, inflation has been going up. The bonus bought to go up, that’s how I really feel. However, I’ve informed them this, I’ve stated this publicly, it’s not loopy.”
The UFC modified its post-fight bonus construction in 2014. Earlier than then, the corporate awarded bonuses for Battle of the Night time, Knockout of the Night time and Submission of the Night time with cash starting from $20,000 as much as as a lot as $120,000.
Decrease-level fighters who don’t make six figures are additionally paid a win bonus for victories, which is often the identical quantity as their base wage per battle. White has been identified to quietly give sure fighters different bonuses at his discretion, which normally aren’t made public.
Adesanya himself has earned six Efficiency of the Night time bonuses, together with his most up-to-date knockout win over Alex Pereira at UFC 287 in April, and two for Battle of the Night time bonuses, totaling $400,000.
“My knockouts alone are price $50,000,” Adesanya continued. “Alone, that’s knockouts, alone. … I’ve stated this, the UFC, generally they bump it as much as $100(Ok) for sure playing cards. UFC 200, I feel they did, or UFC 100 they did, they had been like bonuses had been price $100K. Once I knock somebody out, I usually get a bonus, so I’m like my knockouts are price $50,000.”