“I was making many millions of dollars,” Georges St Pierre reveals how he makes fortune by fighting in UFC

Georges St Pierre revealed how he made UFC agree on his terms and made a huge amount of money, acknowledging this fighter pay issue going on in the promotion.

Georges St Pierre, Paulo Costa and Francis Ngannou
Georges St Pierre, Paulo Costa and Francis Ngannou

The UFC fighters have shown a rage recently towards the promotion regarding the pay they are receiving per fight. This thing started when Jon Jones demanded the highest paycheck of his career for fighting Francis Ngannou.

Apart from this, Youtuber like Jake Paul and Logan Paul making millions of money for their boxing matches, acted as the fuel to this fire. Recently some other UFC fighters like Paulo Costa and Francis Ngannou became vocal about the UFC pay issue.

But if there is one fighter in UFC history that has made a fortune out of his career, he is the former UFC two times champion and greatest UFC Welterweight of all time, Georges St Pierre.

The future UFC Hall of Famer, ‘Rush’ detailed how he overcame the hurdles of paying issue in UFC for a recent piece of Wealthsimple Magazine, that was titled “The UFC Won’t Pay You Fairly Unless You Make Them.”

Georges St Pierre details, “There is no union in the fight game. So, for us in MMA, negotiations can become like a chess game, other organizations wanted to have me as their poster boy and UFC knew that.”

“So, like a poker bluff, we said, ‘We don’t want to re-sign before the fight — we want to just finish the contract.’ We took a big risk. Because it’s like a stock market. Your stock might go up if you’re successful, but it can also go down if you lose. But that’s what we decided to do.” {H/T MMA Fighting}

Georges St Pierre said his risk paid off that helped him to earn life-changing money

Geroges St Pierre
Georges St Pierre

After ‘Rush’ denied signing the fight contract when he won the title, UFC finally came to him with a better deal and that’s how his risk paid off to reach where he is now.

Georges St Pierre added, “I took a big gamble on myself and told UFC I was not going to re-sign with them. And then, the day before my fight with Jon Fitch, the UFC came back with a big, crazy contract because they didn’t want me to become a free agent,”

St Pierre continued, “You read I made $400,000 a match? No. I made a lot more than that. A lot more than that. Millions. When I was at the peak of my career, I was making many millions of dollars.’” {H/T MMA Fighting}

“Because you not only get the money to show and the money to win, but you also have a percentage of the gate and pay-per-view buys — the gate and the pay-per-views are where the real money is. That’s how fighters make their money. But you need to have the power to negotiate those terms.”

Georges St Pierre retired in 2013, but he came back in 2017 to fight Michael Bisping for the UFC Welterweight title. He also revealed financial details for this fight.

He added, “There’s a lot of people buried in the desert for much less than what I made for that fight, my friend, For the fight with Michael Bisping, with the pay-per-views, the sponsorship and all that, I made about $10 million.”

“Then in 2019, I got out. I’m very lucky and very privileged that I finished on top. The reality is most fighters finish broke and broken. They hang there too long. They get brain damage. They go broke.” {H/T MMA Fighting}

“I’m very healthy and I’m wealthy. It’s very rare to find someone that hangs up his gloves and finishes on top like this.”

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