Esther Lin for MMA Fighting
UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre appeared on Radio-Canada and did not disagree when the host claimed that GSP makes more than $15 million a year in addition to his UFC fight purses. Some sports business analysts disagree.
UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre appeared on Radio-Canada's "Tout Le Monde en Parle" ("Everyone is Talking") for his first major interview following his UFC 154 win over Carlos Condit. Although he addressed a number of interesting topics -- including his insistence that any super fight against Anderson Silva will take place on his terms and his timing -- there was a very interesting nugget about his earnings in the interview (full video of the French language interview is below).
Ariel Helwani translated, "The host said GSP makes approximately $15 million a year in addition to his UFC fight purses. GSP did not disagree."
GSP has said that his UFC fight purses are in the $4 to $5 million per fight range. He is sponsored by
Gatorade, Under Armour, Affliction, and NOS energy drink among others.
@arielhelwani not faulting you/media. Fighters seem to have decided that exaggerating earnings is a good business strategy.— Adam Swift (@AdamMSwift) November 26, 2012
Swift linked to Forbes' list of the 100 highest paid athletes in the world and from looking at the data presented there it seems that someone's math may indeed be off a bit. Or maybe not...
Ben Fowlkes has more info on GSP's sponsorships:
For instance, just in the last 12 months St-Pierre has signed lucrative endorsement deals with companies such as Coca-Cola, Google and Bacardi. He's got a deal with HarperCollins to write a book that he describes as part autobiography and part philosophy ("kind of like 'The Art of War,'" St-Pierre said). He's also renewed his apparel deal with Under Armour and signed one with noted MMA equipment manufacturer Hayabusa, all despite not setting foot in the UFC octagon since April of 2011 thanks to a torn ACL in his right knee.
According to industry sources, St-Pierre currently has 14 endorsement deals with each paying him somewhere in the six-figure range. If you tally up the numbers from past and present deals, his income outside the cage is well into eight figures, sources say, with much of it coming in the past year alone.
What do you think? Is GSP really banking this big?