Israel Adesanya Calls on UFC to Give Him & Anderson Silva PPV Points
By FCF Staff
Israel Adesanya acknowledges the UFC is not contractually obligated to give him or Anderson Silva pay-per-view points from their recent bout. But, the rising star is calling on the UFC to award him and the legend revenue from the PPV sales.
Earlier this month, Adesanya outscored Silva in the headliner of UFC 234 and recorded a decision win. The fight was moved into the main event slot, after Robert Whittaker had to withdraw from a fight with Kelvin Gastelum, due to a hernia.
Since then, the vaunted striker appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and Adesanya had this to say about the PPV revenue (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I sold this fight,” Adesanya said. “I did my job. I hyped this fight up, and, I don’t want to say ‘hype it up’ like it’s some bullsh*t way but I did my job. I showed up, I fought, and before that, the fight was already sold with just the magnitude of this fight and the story, the value behind this fight, so, yeah, I sold this fight. I did my job, and I feel like I was already the main event anyway, he just happened to be champion fighting the number one contender. We were the fight people wanted to see the most.”
“I feel like definitely the UFC has every right not to give us those points because it wasn’t in the contract,” Adesanya said. “But fair is fair and it’s not always, we’ve always had a good working relationship and I want to keep it that way, so, eventually we will sit down with Dana and say okay what can we do because that’s a lot of money being left on the table and for the hard work that me and Anderson Silva put in and so yeah. I don’t want to leave that money on the table when I feel it belongs in my pocket.”
Recently it was reported that the Melbourne event sold around 175,000 PPV buys.