Israel Adesanya still left the UFC 259 arena as the highest paid fighter, despite his first loss in Mixed Martial Arts to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.
Adesanya, along with Blachowicz; women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Meagan Anderson as well as Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling were the main card for the night.
According to UFCsalaries.com, the Nigerian-born New Zealander took home an estimated $1m for the fight and a guaranteed $40,000 fight week incentive.
Blachowicz was paid $750,000 for his win and $40,000 fight week incentive.
Adesanya’s pay for the fight could rise further, as his contract for UFC 259 included a payout from the overall Pay Per View income, which is estimated at $1m.
The 31-year-old earned $690,000 from his middleweight title defence against Brazilian Paulo Costa in September 2020.