Israel Adesanya suffered his first loss in his professional MMA career at the hands of Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. Despite his loss, ‘The Last Stylebender’ left the arena with a handsome paycheck for his performance at UFC 259. There have been no official comments from the UFC or any other media regarding the actual numbers which the players received at the pay-per-view.
What were the UFC 259 PPV Sales
UFC 259 was hyped to be the big night for the company with a star-studded lineup, and it certainly lived up to its expectations. According to Sports Business Journal; the card drew in an estimated 600,000 buys on the ESPN+ streaming service, and an additional 200,000 buys outside the United States that makes it 800,000 buys. Undoubtedly, the champ vs champ between Adesanya and Blachowicz was the crucial USP for the night.
How much did the fighters make at UFC 259?
According to The Sports Daily; Adesanya’s estimated paycheck at the pay-per-view amount to $600,000 which is inclusive of all the compliance fee which every fighter gets. Adesanya additionally received another $40,000 as an incentive pay
On the other hand, Jan Blachowicz despite being the defending champion of the night is estimated to have made $500,000. The difference in the pay of these two superstars can be attributed to Adesanya’s star-power.
In the co-main event fight between Amanda Nunes defeated Megan Anderson. The Brazilian is said to have made $490,000 for the fight, with $350,000 for the appearance, $100,000 for win bonus, and an additional $40,000 as incentive pay.
For his victory, Aljamin Sterling is estimated to have made $230,000. This comprises $100,000 for the appearance, $100,000 as win bonus, and $30,000 as incentive pay.
Similarly, Dominic Cruz and the Russian Petr Yan are said to have made $195,000 and $150,000 respectively for their performances at UFC 259.
Jan Blachowicz vs Israel Adesanya
The moment the two athletes locked horns inside the octagon it was evident that the Blachowicz came in search of blood.
Putting his Light Heavyweight championship on the line, Jan dominated the fight from the get-go. Blachowicz landed 184 out of 276 total strikes comparing to Israel’s 99 out of 182. Jan attempts 5 takedowns and lands 3 of them, while Israel was not in any position to put his opponent in a takedown position.
With 62% of head hits, it was only a matter of minutes before Jan Blachowicz created history and ended Adesanya’s undefeated streak to make it 20-1-0.
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