The UFC has come under fire since the sale to WME-IMG for a shifted focus onto money fights or trying to draw with choices that may not seem logical to the traditional MMA fan. These decisions can include granting Brock Lesnar a heavyweight title shot despite still serving a suspension and just one win in eight years and putting an inexperienced CM Punk on two pay-per-view main cards between 2016 and 2018.
While former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St Pierre has been around the sport for a long time, some felt he could be included in said category after receiving a middleweight title shot at UFC 217 last year following a four-year hiatus. Rumors have circulated that he could face the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor as well.
At a press conference in Australia, GSP said he knows the UFC of today is not the one that he started in.
“Now, you can be the elite, but it’s like a reality show, too,” St Pierre said. “The world has changed, and I think we need to evolve with it. [UFC] became more mainstream, and to attract more mainstream people, you need to have more mainstream athletes. I think it’s a good thing. But let’s not confuse who’s who.”
You can watch the full press conference with GSP, where he also discusses Khabib-Conor, Demetrious Johnson’s loss and more, in the video player above.
Original Story: MMA Junkie