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Jake Paul: Israel Adesanya should be paid ‘at least $7 million per fight’

Regardless of Israel Adesanya’s new contract with the UFC, Jake Paul hopes he gets what he’s worth.

On Thursday, Paul posted a Tweeter following news that Adesanya had re-signed with the UFC on a contract that Adesanya’s management described as “one of the most lucrative multi-fight deals in company history”.

Details of Adesanya’s new contract are not known, but Paul wrote that the reigning UFC middleweight champion “should receive at least $7 million per fight as a champion of his stature and follow in the whole world”.

Adesanya’s re-signing comes ahead of his rematch with Robert Whittaker this Saturday in the main event of UFC 271. When they first met at UFC 243 in October 2019, Adesanya defeated Whittaker by knockout in the second round. to become middleweight champion.

During Wednesday’s media day for this weekend’s event, Adesanya said he hopes his new contract “ripples through to the rest of the fighters” and that it “would be great for the company.” He also admitted that he took issue with the announcement of his fight with Whittaker before he put pen to paper.

“I didn’t like the way [it was announced]said Adesanya. “When I asked the next day I was like ‘did you see the ad? and they’re like ‘what ad?’ No one has seen the ad.

“I’m like bro, that’s not how you advertise a fight of that magnitude and that’s because we’re doing back business right now, so I just felt like the people who did that in the UFC had dropped the ball. ”

Paul wasn’t the only combat sports personality to pay tribute to Adesanya during fight week, as former two-division champion Conor McGregor also reacted to news of the re-signing with praise.

“Can’t wait to see Izzy Style back in the Octagon this weekend,” McGregor wrote. “One of the remaining true fighters/top athletes we have on the roster! Don’t just fight! Perform!”

It’s no surprise that Paul is commenting on Adesanya’s contract given that the YouTuber-turned-boxer has been embroiled in a public spat with UFC President Dana White over fighters’ compensation. He recently produced a diss track aimed at White while declaring his support for UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

Ngannou’s contract status has also come under scrutiny as he has repeatedly asked for a new deal that will allow him to pursue opportunities in professional boxing. After successfully defending his title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, Ngannou’s management has confirmed that he will likely be out for the majority of 2022 as he is expected to undergo knee surgery.