UFC star Israel Adesanya praises Conor McGregor after signing bumper deal

Israel Adesanya and Conor McGregor have been singing each other’s praises this week in the build up to the most hotly anticipated UFC card of 2022 to date.

Yes, it’s a huge week for the UFC. Dana White has secured the signature of Adesanya, one of his most popular stars, on a lucrative multi-fight deal.

‘The Last Stylebender’ has been in negotiations with the UFC for months and would have been out of contract after his next fight against Robert Whittaker this coming weekend, however, his new contract will see him become one of the highest paid athletes in the sport’s history.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Connor McGregor, who shares the same management company as Adesanya and was quick to chime in with his thoughts…

“Can’t wait to see Izzy Style back in the Octagon this weekend,” McGregor tweeted after the announcement.

“One of the true remaining high-level fighter/performer athletes we have on the roster. Don’t just fight. Perform!”

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JUNE 12: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria reacts after defeating Marvin Vettori of Italy by unanimous decision to win the middleweight championship during their UFC 263 at Gila River Arena on June 12, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona.

Earlier this week, Izzy was answering questions ahead of his huge rematch with Whittaker and spoke highly of his admiration for McGregor.

“Real recognize real. We’re on the same team when it comes to Paradigm. Yeah, I think I’m in second place when it comes to the highest-paid fighter on the roster. Well, active right now,

“Conor is a guy I’ve always admired from the jump. When he said perform, I know what he means. We know. You don’t just fight. You perform. Look at the last fight with Whittaker… That was a rockstar concert. I gave a song and dance, the whole thing.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland walks in the octagon before his lightweight bought against Dustin Poirier during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

“So, yeah. We understand the magnitude of stepping up in the main event. Not just showing off but showing out. I appreciate Conor and what he’s done for the game.

“Whether you like him or not, he’s raised the bar. Even for you guys in here. The whole game is better because of him. Ronda Rousey did that in her time as well. I look to raise the bar the same.”

Two of the very best entertainers in the industry showing nothing but respect.

Adesanya currently holds a record of 10-1 since he joined the promotion in 2018 and will defend his Middleweight Championship against Whittaker at the Toyota Centre in Houston this Saturday night.

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