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How Much Georges St-Pierre Made During His UFC Career

How Much Georges St-Pierre Made During His UFC Career

The former two weight champion didn't earn as much as you'd expect and the impact of Conor McGregor on earnings is clear to see.

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Georges St-Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC but the Canadian's earnings didn't shoot up until the era of Conor McGregor.

The mixed martial artists won the UFC welterweight title in 2008 and defended it nine times, ending his run undefeated when he decided to take a four year break from the octagon.

He returned to face Michael Bisping in November 2017, won the middleweight title from the Englishman, and then retired. The difference in earnings between is fight in 2013 and 2017 is incredible.

According to The Sports Daily, GSP earned $7,037,000 in his 22 UFC fights and $2,580,000 came from the fight with Bisping at UFC 217.

For the middleweight fight he earned $2,500,000 to show up, $50,000 on a Performance of the Night bonus and $30,000 for the Reebok sponsorship.

Before that fight the Canadian had never earned more than $500,000 for any of his previous fights. He earned half a million dollars in the fight against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124, which included a $200,000 win bonus.

His last fight in 2013, before his hiatus from the sport, made him $450,000 against Johny Hendricks and it shows just how much fight purses changed in the four years.

GSP connects against Bisping. Image: PA Images
GSP connects against Bisping. Image: PA Images

The big difference in the sport and the payouts in the four years between the 38-year-old's two fights was the emergence of Conor McGregor and the boost in the sport's profile thanks, in huge part, to the Irishman.

McGregor had fought just twice in UFC, beating Max Holloway in his second fight earlier in 2013, when the Quebec native decided to step away from the sport.

The Notorious was the first MMA star to really transcend the sport and has really helped everyone in the company earn more, which GSP will be grateful for considering the percentage of earnings that came from his last fight.

St Pierre became a two weight champion. Image: PA Images
St Pierre became a two weight champion. Image: PA Images

Despite being retired for two years there is constantly rumours that GSP could return to action at some point and he's been linked with fights with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jorge Masvidal in recent months.

Speaking to Submission Radio, Masvidal revealed he'd want the fight, saying, "Well, they've said this about me, that I resurrect fighters and then I retire them again. So, I wouldn't mind if GSP jumped on that campaign.

"In all honesty, as a competitor, I want to f*cking break his face. I want to go out there and give him everything I got. But I respect the time what he's done.

"He took I don't know how many years off, came back, beat Bisping for the legitimate middleweight title. Dude's a stud. He's a f*cking animal, bro. I would put everything into my being, into my soul, to end this individual, because he's that good."

That would be a big pay day, for both men!

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Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Jorge Masvidal, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA, Dana White, GSP, Georges St-Pierre