Kevin Lee, As a professional mixed martial arts fighter, he has said that Bitcoin (BTC) was a major factor in his decision to sign with a new advertising company.
According to a statement from MMA news agency BJ Penn, The Russia-based Eagle Fighting Championship will pay Lee under a contract for four bouts in BTC. The fighter would have been a HODLer from before the 2017 Bull Run who later used a portion of the income to live after paying for knee surgery.
“That they pay me in Bitcoin and not cause me any setbacks, that was a huge decision [de firmar con Eagle FC]”, said Lee. “It gives me a lot more financial security and it will also help me fight better.”
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Payments related to Eagle FC were not disclosed, but Lee previously made up to $ 280,000 from his UFC fight with Tony Ferguson. In a December 17 interview, Lee implied that Eagle FC would pay more than it earned under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC, which means a potential payout of 5.86 BTC or more at current cryptocurrency prices.
Lee, also known as “The Motown Phenomenon”, He was recently suspended and fined for six months after testing positive for Adderall. He was later fired from his contract with the UFC before Eagle FC attempted to add him to their list of talent; His first match with the company is expected to be against Diego Sánchez on March 11th.
The UFC has taken advantage of digital assets by partnering with cryptocurrency and blockchain companies. In July, the organization signed a $ 175 million contract with Crypto.com for the next decade, a deal that ultimately led to the introduction of non-fungible tokens licensed by the UFC. In addition, the wrestling championship previously teamed up with the blockchain-based reward app Socios and the tokenization platform Chiliz to launch its own fan token.
Several MMA fighters have expressed an interest in BTC and other tokens since Jon Fitch became the first professional fighter to be paid in Bitcoin in 2015. Last year, former UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez said he bought BTC. while Ben Askren got paid to promote Litecoin (LTC) and supported the recent BTC halving.