UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has signed a new six-fight deal with America’s largest mixed martial arts promotion. According to Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press, St. Pierre’s manager, Stephane Patry, confirmed the new contract.
According to Davidson, the deal makes St. Pierre one of the five highest paid athletes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The UFC does not disclose financial details in regards to fighter salaries, other than the figures that are required by law to be reported to state athletic commissions, so details of the contract were not yet available.
St. Pierre earned $58,000 ($29,000 to fight and $29,000 to win) for his championship victory over Matt Hughes as stated by the California State Athletic Commission, but that is not necessarily, or even likely, his total compensation for the fight. The UFC, a privately owned company, often includes bonuses and clauses (such as bonuses for pay-per-view main-eventers) in contracts that they are not required to report to the athletic commissions.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic just signed with the UFC and his contract is believed to potentially be worth several million dollars (we’re talking eight figures) over the course of his two-year deal, according to various inside sources. So, it is likely that St. Pierre’s six-fight deal reaches at least into the seven-digit range.
St. Pierre was originally slated to face Ultimate Fighter Season 4 victory Matt Serra on this weekend’s UFC 67 card, but due to an injury to St. Pierre’s knee in training, the fight had to be postponed. If his knee is ready in time, and all indications are that it will be, St. Pierre will make his first title defense against Serra at UFC 69 on April 7th in Houston, Texas.