Georges Saint-Pierre opened up about his financial struggles during his early days in the UFC. The French-Canadian fighter wrote an essay for Wealthsimple Magazine, reminiscing about his journey as a young athlete.
Georges Saint-Pierre gave readers a perspective on money matters in MMA, titled, “The UFC Won’t Pay You Until You Make Them.” He revealed that it took him four years to accept fights for low pay before starting a job considered good money.
In 2008, Georges Saint-Pierre’s contract with the UFC was about to expire. As the UFC Welterweight Champion at the time, ‘Rush’ revealed that he took advantage of his emerging free agency to get a better deal from the hype.
“Like a poker bluff, we said, ‘We don’t want to re-sign before the fight – we want to terminate the contract. We took a big risk. Because it’s like a stock market. If you succeed’ So your stock can go up, but if you lose it can go down too. But that’s what we decided to do. I always believed in myself, so we took a big risk,” St-Pierre wrote.
Georges Saint-Pierre’s gambling paid off in a big way. According to the Montreal native, the company offered her a contract that earned her “several million dollars” during the peak of her career.
“So after winning the championship in 2008, I took a big gamble on myself and told the UFC that I wasn’t going to sign with them again. And then, the day before my fight with John Fitch, the UFC one Came back with a big, crazy contract because they didn’t want me to be a free agent.”
Georges Saint-Pierre’s Last Stand
Following a controversial split decision win against Jonny Hendrix at UFC 167 in 2013, the GSP announced that it was taking a break from cage fighting. The Canadian champion’s five-year reign of terror came to an end as he vacated the UFC welterweight throne and went on a four-year hiatus.
Georges Saint-Pierre made his long-awaited return to the Octagon in 2017. He defeated then UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping in his comeback fight at UFC 217.
Unfortunately, GSP was not able to defend his newly won middleweight gold. He officially returned to retirement in February 2019 and has been inactive since then.