Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who also held gold at 185 pounds, has a message for MMA fighters unhappy with their current pay structure.
The UFC won’t pay you fairly unless you do them.
That’s the title of his new essay for Wealthsimple magazine, where “Rush” sheds light on his own negotiations with the world’s largest combat sports promotion.
St-Pierre earned just $ 9,000 for his first title fight against Matt Hughes at UFC 50, compared to the $ 10 million he earned against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 over 13 years later.
It helps to be the “king” of pay-per-view – and the “athlete of the year”.
“After I won the championship in 2008, I took a big bet on myself and told the UFC I wasn’t going to sign with them again,” said St-Pierre (via MMA Junkie). “And then the day before my fight with Jon Fitch, the UFC came back with a crazy big contract because they didn’t want me to become a free agent. Did you read that I won $ 400,000 per game? No, I did a lot more than that. A lot more than that. Millions. When I was at the peak of my career, I was making several million dollars.
A super fight from Khabib Nurmagomedov would probably have been his biggest win yet.
St-Pierre, 40, recently retired from combat sports in an effort to preserve his physical and mental health. So, with nothing to lose, “Rush” is making an effort to help the next generation of fighters – and even some seasoned veterans – get what they deserve.
This includes former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who shares St-Pierre’s success inside the cage, but does not have the benefit of an expired contract to force the promotion’s hand. .
This is why “Bones” has been benched until further notice.