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TUF 27 Finale headliner Israel Adesanya takes homes $112,000 after win over Brad Tavares

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Israel Adesanya earned the biggest paycheck of his UFC career at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.

MMA: TUF 27 Finale-Tavares vs Adesanya Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The fighter salaries are in for last week’s The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale, and rising middleweight prospect Israel Adesanya led the way with a $112,000 paycheck for his efforts.

The 28-year-old also received a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus in addition to his reported salary. Alex Caceres, Martin Bravo, and Luis Pena also received $50,000 fight night bonuses on top of their disclosed salaries. The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) released the full fighter salaries to MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti on Monday.

Adesanya, a former kickboxer under the Glory banner, put on a masterclass against seasoned veteran Brad Tavares in the main event, cruising to a unanimous decision at the Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada.

‘The Last Stylebender’ extended his undefeated MMA streak to 14-0 and is expected to surge into the top ten UFC middleweight rankings after earning his third straight win in the promotion. His opponent, 30-year-old Tavares, was the No. 8-ranked middleweight in the world at the time of their headlining bout at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.

Check out the full fighter salaries below.

Main card (FOX Sports 1)

Israel Adesanya ($56,000 + $56,000 = $112,000) def. Brad Tavares ($56,000)

Mike Trizano ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Joe Giannetti ($15,000)

Brad Katona ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Jay Cucciniello ($15,000)

Alex Caceres ($42,000 + $42,000 = $84,000) def. Martin Bravo ($25,000)

Roxanne Modafferi ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Barb Honchak ($10,000)

Alessio Di Chirico ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Julian Marquez ($12,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)

Montana De La Rosa ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Rachael Ostovich ($12,000)

Luis Pena ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Richie Smullen ($10,000)

John Gunther ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Allan Zuniga ($10,000)

Bryce Mitchell ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Tyler Diamond ($10,000)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Steven Peterson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Matt Bessette ($12,000)

Gerald Meerschaert ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Oskar Piechota ($14,000)