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MMA icon Georges St-Pierre has opened up on his UFC payouts, revealing he made 'millions' during his storied career in the Octagon.
St-Pierre reigned over the welterweight division during his legendary stint in the UFC and captured the middleweight title before walking away from the sport.
The Canadian superstar earned a reported $10 million (£7 million) for his championship bout against Michael Bisping at UFC 217.
That staggering purse is attributed to the 'big risk' he took in 2008, when he demanded more money and a better contract from Dana White.
The gamble paid off as 'Rush' made a fortune while competing in the premier MMA organisation.
In his new essay for Wealthsimple Magazine, he revealed: "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.
"I always believed in myself, so we took the big risk."
Honouring a Canadian sport icon! :raised_hands::flag_ca:@GeorgesStPierre's hometown of Saint-Isidore today unveiled Place GSP, a tribute to his legendary mixed martial arts career
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He continued: "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.
"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. A lot more than that. Millions.
"When I was at the peak of my career, I was making many millions of dollars."
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