Israel Adesanya Backs Jared Cannonier, Believes He Should Not Be ‘Broke’ While Fighting In The UFC

Current UFC middleweight champion, Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya has reacted to recent claims from UFC Vegas 34 headliner, Jared ‘The Killa Gorilla’ Cannonier that he must continue fighting soon as he is “broke” — following his headlining win over common-foe, former interim title challenger, Kelvin Gastelum.

Taking main event status at UFC Vegas 34 over the weekend, the #3 ranked middleweight challenger, Cannonier took home a unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, and 48-47) victory over Gastelum, before explaining afterward during his post-fight interview with former two-weight champion, Daniel Cormier, that he wants to compete against soon, claiming that he was “broke“.

For Adesanya, the Nigerian-Kiwi is expected to meet with former undisputed champion, Robert Whittaker for the middleweight title in a rematch sometime early next year, while Cannonier explained that due to his financial situation, he cannot afford to sit out and wait for a potential title shot in the future.

I’m broke, so I need to fight,” Cannonier told Cormier. “Hopefully, I get that title shot. The right name might make me say yes.

Reacting to Cannonier’s victory over former-foe, Gastelum, Adesanya backed the recent claims from the Texan that he was in a financial quandary, explaining how fighters at a high level in the UFC in particular, should not have to go through a plight like that.

(Jared) Cannonier did well, just as he should have,” Adesanya said. “(Kelvin) Gastelum had some good moments early on, but then, Cannonier stuck to his gameplan. He had a nice shield — I really appreciated it, I’m gonna write that in my notes.

And when asked if he wants to fight again or fight the winner of me and Robert (Whittaker), he said, he’s broke,” Adesanya explained. “And, yeah, I don’t think he should be broke, especially fighting at this level. I hope he makes a lot of money this fight — I hope he gets looked after in his next fight.

These recent claims from Cannonier follow a long string of calls from fighters for the UFC to sufficiently pay the roster what they deserve, namely UFC bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley, who questioned why the promotion appeared to have an issue doing just that.

Last month, promotional president, Dana White reacted to the recent surge of questions regarding fighter pay, encouraging those who have an issue, to start their own promotion — and how the UFC was his organization, and as a result, he would run it that way continuously.

The reality is anybody who’s being critical outside of the fighters themselves don’t know anything anyway,” White said during an interview with, Manouk Akopyan. “They don’t actually know what these guys are making. And the fighters don’t ever come out and tell you. There’s no gag order on any of these guys. These guys can come out at any time and tell you what they’re making. I have no problem with that. But they don’t, do they? No, they do not. So, it’s sort of a Catch-22.

Fighter pay has continuously gone up every year since we owned the business,” White continued. “Obviously, there’s been tons more opportunities with the outfitting policy, some of the sponsors that we’ve brought in that spend tons of money with the fighters too. There’s a lot of opportunities here for the fighters. And listen, there’s never gonna be a guy that’s coming out and saying, ‘Yeah, they’re (the UFC) paying me too much. They’re overpaying me.’ And all of these guys that are champions share in the pay-per-view revenue (PPV points).


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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