Georges St-Pierre: MMA Has Become More Like Pro-Wrestling

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After four long years away from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), Georges St-Pierre is now back in the fold and reigning as the new champion at 185 pounds.

St-Pierre made his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon last week in the main event of UFC 217 on pay-per-view (PPV), in which he challenged then-middleweight champion Michael Bisping’s throne in his 185-pound debut. After a tremendous back-and-forth contest, the Canadian was able to down Bisping with a hellacious shot before locking in a rear-naked choke that would sleep the brash British competitor.

While St-Pierre finds himself at the top of a division once again, that doesn’t make him the biggest star in the sport as he used to be when he ran rampant through the UFC’s 170-pound weight class. In the heyday of “Rush,” MMA was built on pure skill and respect, with stars such as Anderson Silva and St-Pierre himself reigning supreme.

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Nowadays the sport is dominated by brash trash-talkers such as Conor McGregor, and fighters only seem interested in “Money Fights” rather than championships. Recently speaking during an appearance at the New York Stock Exchange, St-Pierre compared the evolution of MMA into what it is today to that of the professional wrestling world; most notably the WWE (via Bloody Elbow):

“The sport has changed. Now it’s more WWF,” GSP said. “It’s crazy. It wasn’t like that when I left off four years ago. Now it’s crazy — also, I was fighting a guy who likes to trash talk, which is different. It was just a different environment.

“The fans are crazy. Everybody is more into it. It was fun though, I was enjoying the process.”

  • Murderous1

    It’s terrible now because of Clown McChicken and stupid WWE fans

  • FeministFriendly

    Said our humble friend who was half of defiling the gift or a STACKED division of 185 super talent so that he can have a spectacle fight with a fluke champion.

    And now we can wait on you to decide what you might feel like doing next.

    Fck you gsp.

    • Kris-tyahn

      LOL you’re such an idiot! Go play in some traffic and do us all a favor! I didn’t realize GSP owned the UFC and they did what GSP wanted… weird, I thought the UFC asked both fighters if they wanted to fight, but it’s GSP’s fault for saying yes, for wanting to make millions, being only the 4th man to ever win two belts in two diff weight class, which now makes him GOAT PERIOD!!! Yeah, what was GSP thinking…. BAHAHAHA loser!!!

  • All_Seeing_Eye

    The guy is off for 4 years, comes in a weight class higher and wins the belt. Not bad I’d say. Plus he finished the fight.