Israel Adesanya explains the lessons he’s learned from Conor McGregor’s popularity

Adesanya has become a huge star after going undefeated in the 185-pound weight class at the UFC and he’s learned a lot from watching McGregor’s rapid rise to prominence.

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UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya learned a lot from watching Conor McGregor rising to stardom.

Now, on her own path to greatness, Adesanya has become one of the UFC’s biggest stars and the most dominant champion on the roster.

‘The Last Stylebender’ defended his title against Robert Whittaker earlier this month, signing a new pre-fight contract that makes him one of the show’s highest-paid boxers.

Adesanya and McGregor are both managed by Paradigm Sports and ‘Notorious’ recently congratulated his team member on recent success.

And Adesanya admits he’s learned a lot from watching McGregor’s meteoric rise through the UFC.

“Like I said at the media day for this fight, where I said he [McGregor] changed the game, like it or not,” he said All Goats TV.

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“I learned a lot of things directly and indirectly, even before we knew each other we became colleagues, I guess.

The way he deals with not only the reputation but also the money side of it. Even his pitfalls, I learned from them and I know he did, but I learned from them, watch that.

“There’s a reason you haven’t seen me on TMZ. I’m smart with the way I run… I’m smart with the people around me.”

McGregor has been involved in a number of controversies outside of teamfights, most recently last October when he allegedly punched Italian DJ Francesco Facchinetti.

A month earlier, the former second-place champion had argued with rapper Machine Gun Kelly at the MTV Awards, during which security was forced to break up.

And Adesanya admitted: “Like I said, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. But I don’t want them to go against me in the court of public opinion.”

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While happy with his new contract, the New Zealander of Nigerian descent realized that boxer pay was an issue in the UFC.

Adesanya thinks new boxers in the promotion shouldn’t be scrambling for $12,000 a fight and hopes that his new deal will indirectly increase other boxers’ pay.

“It will drip down. I’m sure it will drip down my team, and then I [going] to make sure it will drip onto other fighters,” he added.

“My team [and I] know our values ​​and what we should fight for. So I’m glad we got this new deal. This is the beginning of a new change.

“A guy starting his first fight in the UFC shouldn’t be fighting for twelve or ten thousand. They should be fighting to make enough money to pay his manager, train full-time, and not be employed. second or third job. It’s just embarrassing with sports.”

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