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Kenny Powers
01-03-2011, 06:02 PM
Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his crown against Jake Shields at UFC 129 on April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, UFC President Dana White told The Canadian Press. The bout figures to headline the promotion’s debut in Toronto, a hotbed for mixed martial arts.



St. Pierre (Pictured), the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighter, has rattled off eight consecutive wins since bowing to Matt Serra in 2007. The 29-year-old St. Isidore, Quebec, Canada, native last appeared at UFC 124 in December, when he dispatched American Kickboxing Academy standout Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision in a near flawless performance. Based out of the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts-affiliated Tristar Gym in Montreal, St. Pierre holds black belts in three different disciplines -- Kyokushin karate, Gaidojitsu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu -- and has secured more than half (13) of his 21 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. His list of victims includes a who’s who of welterweights, from hall of famer Matt Hughes (twice) and B.J. Penn (twice) to American Top Team’s Thiago Alves, the American Kickboxing Academy’s Jon Fitch and former International Fight League champion Jay Hieron. St. Pierre has not lost a round in more than three years.



Shields will enter the most significant match of his career on the strength of a 15-fight winning streak. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie, the 31-year-old Californian made his promotional debut in October, as he earned a split decision over the world-ranked Martin Kampmann at UFC 121. Shields has held titles inside the Shooto, EliteXC and Strikeforce promotions, thriving in two weight classes. Wins over two-time Olympian Dan Henderson, former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and one-time World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight king Carlos Condit anchor his resume.





What do you think of this fight?!

Joabbuac.
01-03-2011, 06:16 PM
What do you think of this fight?!



I should be moaning about this fight being on after Shields last performance, but who else is there bar rematches?

OKMike
01-03-2011, 10:07 PM
I am so excited about this fight! I am a huge Jake Shields fan! He did a seminar in Tulsa a few years back at a mutual friend's gym, and I got to roll with him. He has a very rare combination of division 1 college wrestling and a legit black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (from Cesar Gracie). He has been a champion in almost every organization outside of the UFC and is on one of the best winning streaks in the history of the sport. This fight needed to take place. Sure George St. Pieree will be the clear favorite in the match, but Shields does have the ability to submit him. If GSP wins this, then he will have truly cleaned out the division in a way no current champion has done, except for possibly Anderson Silva.

Kenny Powers
01-03-2011, 10:41 PM
I am so excited about this fight! I am a huge Jake Shields fan! He did a seminar in Tulsa a few years back at a mutual friend's gym, and I got to roll with him. He has a very rare combination of division 1 college wrestling and a legit black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (from Cesar Gracie). He has been a champion in almost every organization outside of the UFC and is on one of the best winning streaks in the history of the sport. This fight needed to take place. Sure George St. Pieree will be the clear favorite in the match, but Shields does have the ability to submit him. If GSP wins this, then he will have truly cleaned out the division in a way no current champion has done, except for possibly Anderson Silva.



That's pretty cool. I think Jake has a better chance than anyone that has faced GSP so far. If the odds are good i'd even consider betting

Substance Abuse
01-04-2011, 02:29 AM
I think that despite Shields' grappling and submission skill, GSP shouldn't have too many issues with Jake. I think he'll actually finish Jake. His striking is so basic that Georges is going to pick him apart standing, stuff much of his takedowns and eventually beat up on a gassed Shields. Still, it makes sense. Jake has earned his title shot over the years. I have no complaints.