“Fighters are like strippers”- Israel Adesanya opens up on fighter pay and his goal to influence for a positive impact

Here are Israel Adesanya's comments on fighter pay and his desire to make a positive difference.

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Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya, who competes in the middleweight class, has defeated nearly all of his opponents and each of his main rivals. His current opponent in the UFC, Jared Cannonier, is said to be his toughest to yet. This tactic has historically been employed by fans and the UFC against all of Izzy’s competitors, and “Stylebender” has consistently prevailed. But this is but one battle in a series. The full UFC 276 PPV is unquestionably the best pay-per-view of the year.

The middleweight title match will feature Cannonier versus Adesanya because of the latter’s dominance and lap-running. Even with tiny, four-ounce gloves, anything is possible in MMA. Having legitimate power, Cannonier is doubly impacted by this. Despite being the overwhelming favourite coming into the match, anything can happen in sports. The countdown for the UFC 276 card can be found here.

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“You need to show off”- Israel Adesanya offers guidance to fighters in the need UFC

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Israel Adesanya at a press conference

During the post-fight media scrum for UFC 276, a question was raised about Israel Adesanya’s new contract which he divulge before his last fight. He was asked whether he feels it made some progress in increasing fighter pay or fair pay to fighters. To which he stated, “It takes time. You have to look at it this way, fighters are like strippers, we are independent contractors so everyone is out for themselves but there comes a point when you need to come together as fighters in the UFC and also make an agreement, what can we do to make a baseline for the younger guy or guys who just made it to the UFC. Honestly, this is a prestigious position to be in to be a UFC fighter.

Israel is one of the biggest draws the sport has ever seen, he then shed some light and provided advice to newcomers in order to garner good viewership around their name and subsequently leverage their pay, he said, “You can’t just expect to get paid and do anything, you need to show-off, Show-off your essence, show-off who you are, set yourself apart from the rest. It takes time, Rome wasn’t made in a day.” Here is the complete pre-fight interview produced by The Mac Life.

Any genuine UFC rival, including PRIDE, WEC, Strike-force, and others, was long ago absorbed. The organisation was able to pay as little as they wanted since they had purchased all genuine competitors, which has added to the issue with fighter pay. The issue is longstanding and only time can tell where it will lead. Until then, one can sit back and watch how the cards unfold.

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