- Israel Adesanya over the weekend suffered his first ever defeat against Blachowicz
- The Nigerian star still earned more money than his opponent despite the defeat
- Jan Błachowicz is a 38-year-old Polish fighter
Nigerian UFC star Israel Adesanya over the weekend suffered the first defeat of his career in the mixed martial artist when he was defeated by Polish fighter Jan Błachowicz.
Jan Błachowicz was so tough for Isreal Adesanya in this battle beating the Nigerian star for the very first time in his career.
But despite the defeat Israel Adesanya suffered againt his opponent, the Nigerian still earned the highest money which is an incredible one for the 31-year-old.
According to the report on Punch citing UFC Salaries, Israel Adesanya got an estimated $1m for the fight and a guaranteed $40,000 fight week incentive.
38-year-old Jan Błachowicz on the other hand was given the sum of $750,000 for his efforts to spoil the unbeaten record of the Nigerian fighter.
Adesanya’s pay for the fight could be further increased as his contract for UFC 259 included a payout from the overall Pay Per View income.
He is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the UFC Middleweight Champion and has a record of 20-1. In kickboxing, he is a former Glory Middleweight Championship title challenger.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Jan Blachowicz became the first man to defeat Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 light heavyweight contest in Las Vegas.
All three judges gave the contest to the Polish fighter after dominating the majority of the rounds as it went the distance.
Israel is now 21-1 as his quest to become a two-division champion came crashing after he faced a much heavier and experienced Blachowicz.
The first round was strictly a kick-boxing match as both fighters sized each other up with a few leg kicks with none of the punches connecting.
There was much aggression from either side in the second round as Balachowicz threw body shots while Adesanya worked more on the leg kicks, but no significant damage was done at each end.
The fight took a different dimension in the third as Blachowicz tried to Adesanya on the mat but the Last Style Bender expertly broke loose from the hold. But there were many punches exchanged in the process.
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Source: Legit Nigeria