Does Georges St. Pierre really make $15 million a year from sponsors?

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.

Adam Swift, the founder of MMA Payout, and one of the few credible business analysts covering the sport quickly took to Twitter to disagree:

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?




X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker