George St-Pierre Reveals How He Got UFC To Pay Him His First Million Dollars
Currently there is a rift between UFC fighters and UFC President Dana White over the pay issue, MMA legend George St-Pierre has opened up about the time he got his first million-dollar fight. In a recent interview, former UFC double champ said he was making four figures on every fight on the UFC roster until he played a gamble.
After winning a series of fights, the Canadian superstar hinted at parting ways with the UFC in 2008.
This was a time when St-Pierre was crowding arenas as a new sensation but was not being paid a lot of money for the job. “So after I won the championship in 2008, I took a big gamble on myself and told UFC I was not going to re-sign with them,” GSP said.
“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. You read I made $400,000 a match? No. I made a lot more than that. Millions more.”
This paved the way for the UFC star to his first $10 million fight on his farewell. In 2017, he returned to the UFC after a break. GSP took on then middleweight champion Michael Bisping to come out as a winner and make the biggest amount of money he has ever made in his MMA career.