Rising superstar Israel Adesanya will make the first defence of his UFC middleweight title in the early hours of Sunday morning. Adesanya’s first outing as king of the 185lb division will headline UFC 248 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Nigerian-born Kiwi’s maiden outing as middleweight champion will see him take on the boogeyman of the division, Cuba’s Yoel Romero.
Adesanya’s clash with the two-time title challenger will be his eighth outing in the UFC in just over two years and is set to bring him the biggest payday of his time in the promotion.
But just how much has ‘The Last Stylebender’ earned during his brief run in mixed martial arts’ premier promotion?
Express Sport has broken down each purse the 30-year-old has received since making his debut in February 2018, all of which you can see below.
KEY INFORMATION: UFC 248 fight card and start time: Who is on Adesanya vs Romero card?
Israel Adesanya’s purses since joining the UFC
UFC 221 vs Rob Wilkinson
Israel Adesanya: £118,049 ($153,500) – [£38,415 ($50,000) to show, £38,415 ($50,000) win bonus, £38,415 ($50,000) Performance of the Night bonus, £2,691 ($3,500) Reebok sponsorship)
UFC on FOX 29 vs Marvin Vettori
£81,553 ($106,000) – [£40,785 to show, £40,785 ($53,000) win bonus]
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The Ultimate Fighter season 27 finale vs Brad Tavares
£86,056 ($112,000) – [£43,034 to show ($56,000), £43,034 ($56,000) to win]
UFC 230 vs Derek Brunson
£132,216 ($172,000) – [£45,353 ($59,000) to show, £45,353 ($59,000) win bonus,(£38,415) $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, £3,075 ($4,000) fight week incentive pay]
UFC 234 vs Anderson Silva
£136,830 ($178,000) – [£47,660 ($62,000) to show, £47,660 ($62,000) win bonus, (£38,415) $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, £3,075 ($4,000) fight week incentive pay]
UFC 236 vs Kelvin Gastelum
£268,905 ($350,000) + no win bonus = £268,905
UFC 243 vs Robert Whittaker
£376,510 ($490,000) – [£307,360 (£$400,000) to show, £38,415 ($50,000) Performance of the Night bonus, £30,732 ($40,000) fight week incentive pay)
Israel Adesanya’s earnings in the UFC so far: £1,200,119 ($1,559,596)
UFC 248: Adesanya vs Romero fight card
Israel Adesanya vs Yoel Romero (middleweight title fight)
Weill Zhang vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk (women’s strawweight title fight)
Beniel Dariush vs Drakkar Klose (lightweight bout)
Neil Magny vs Li Jüngling (welterweight bout)
Alex Oliveira vs Max Griffin (welterweight bout)
Sean O’Malley vs Jose Alberto Quinonez (men’s bantamweight bout)
Mark Madsen vs Austin Hubbard (lightweight bout)
Rodolfo Vieira vs Saparbek Safarov (middleweight bout)
Gerald Meerschaert vs Deron Winn (middleweight bout)
Emily Whitmire vs Pollyanna Viana (women’s strawweight bout)
Danaa Batgerel vs Guido Cannetti (men’s bantamweight bout)
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