It was a night of pride for Israel Adesanya
Blooming middleweight fighter Israel Adesanya went home $112,000 richer after his primary victory against Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale. This was according to Nevada State Athletic Commission’s finalised salary report on the blockbuster event.
Adesanya (14-0) won himself an improved UFC record to 3-0 on Friday after the successful match. His headlining TUF 27 Finale bout against Tavares did not only earn him another proper file and high expectations from UFC President Dana White, but it also made his pocket a lot thicker than everybody else on the series.
The 28-year-old fighter spent the first round figuring Tavares out, landing a small number of 12 total strikes, none of which were significant. After some failed attempts at rolling submission, Adesanya rocked Tavares with elbows and knees up close in the middle of the game.
He picked him apart with his punch and right hand from a distance, seizing a unanimous decision victory.
Adesanya is starting to make his name known in the MMA sphere
Just a day ahead of UFC 226, TUF 27 Finale happened at the Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 6. This main card bout made Adesanya the mere combatant to take home a six-digit salary. Thanks to being a veteran of three fights in the UFC.
Second on the list was his opponent Tavares who went home with $56,000 in a losing effort.
How much did everybody else earn?
Here’s the entire list of the TUF 27 Finale salaries from NSAC (not including certain sponsorship incomes or discretionary bonuses that remain fighters’ undisclosed cash ins.)
In between are some of the Adesanya vs Tavares fight highlights:
Main card (FOX Sports 1)
Israel Adesanya ($56,000 + $56,000 = $112,000) def. Brad Tavares ($56,000)
Mike Trizano ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Joe Giannetti ($15,000)
Brad Katona ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Jay Cucciniello ($15,000)
Alex Caceres ($42,000 + $42,000 = $84,000) def. Martin Bravo ($25,000)
Roxanne Modafferi ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Barb Honchak ($10,000)
Alessio Di Chirico ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Julian Marquez ($12,000)
— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2018
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Montana De La Rosa ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Rachael Ostovich ($12,000)
Luis Pena ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Richie Smullen ($10,000)
John Gunther ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Allan Zuniga ($10,000)
Bryce Mitchell ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Tyler Diamond ($10,000)
— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2018
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Steven Peterson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Matt Bessette ($12,000)
Gerald Meerschaert ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Oskar Piechota ($14,000)
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) July 7, 2018
This fight was all Adesanya. He tried to put on a lot of fancy stuff, but the solid strikes he landed were enough to defeat Tavares and remain a rising unbeaten star.