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Joabbuac.
01-07-2011, 03:18 PM
As expected, Georges St. Pierre will put his title on the line against No. 1 contender Jake Shields in the main event of UFC 129.



The bout was made official Thursday by the UFC during the most recent episode of its “Ultimate Insider” Web series. The event, which will mark the promotion's first trip to Ontario, will take place at the Rogers Center in Toronto on April 30.



St. Pierre is a champion in need of no introduction. The French-Canadian is a two-time UFC welterweight champion and has soundly beaten every challenger placed in front of him during his most recent stint with the belt. He comes fresh off a dominant victory over Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in Montreal in which the champion pummeled the challenger with a stiff left jab for five rounds en route to a one-sided unanimous decision.



Prior to besting Koscheck, “Rush” rode heavy-handed Brit Dan Hardy to an easy decision win at UFC 111 in March. St. Pierre, 29, has lost just once in the last six years and holds victories over Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch and longtime welterweight king Matt Hughes (twice).



Shields rides a 15-fight winning streak heading into his shot at the title. A former EliteXC and Strikeforce champion, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt made his UFC debut in October, edging out Martin Kampmann in a razor-thin split decision. Prior to that fight, the Cesar Gracie product outlasted Dan Henderson in his last bout with Strikeforce, surviving an early onslaught to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision.



Shields owns notable wins over Jason Miller, Robbie Lawler and Paul Daley. He holds 11 of his 26 professional victories by submission.



UFC 129 is also rumored to feature a light heavyweight scrap between former titleholders Lyoto Machida and Randy Couture as well as a lightweight tilt pitting former WEC champion Benson Henderson against Canadian submission specialist Mark Bocek.







....:wank: yea yea nobody read that....





Anyway. Predictions?

Kenny Powers
01-07-2011, 07:45 PM
GSP 5 round decision....AGAIN

Joabbuac.
01-07-2011, 10:08 PM
GSP 5 round decision....AGAIN



I dont know if GSP will be able to man handle Shields so easy, Shields is gonna be the bigger guy and he controlled Hendo with ease after that first scare. I think this will be close, Cant write Shield off like i have every GSP opponent since UFC 65 :D Hughes was the last guy i gave a real chance.



I even wrote off Penn in the rematch.

Kenny Powers
01-08-2011, 02:18 AM
I dont know if GSP will be able to man handle Shields so easy, Shields is gonna be the bigger guy and he controlled Hendo with ease after that first scare. I think this will be close, Cant write Shield off like i have every GSP opponent since UFC 65 :D Hughes was the last guy i gave a real chance.



I even wrote off Penn in the rematch.



I'm not writing Shields off, he's the best GSP has faced in a while. It won't be completely dominant but I don't think it'll be to difficult for him either. I just can't look forward to another GSP fight, more excited for Couture-Machida and I don't exactly care for that fight either.



But hey maybe (hopefully) GSP can prove me wrong like Edgar-Maynard and actually put on an exciting fight

Joabbuac.
01-08-2011, 04:08 PM
Dominance is hard to make exciting, I think GSP needs to try 185.

Substance Abuse
01-08-2011, 06:41 PM
GSP is +550 and Shields is -300. It deserves to be this way. Shields has so much riding against him here isn't ridiculous. I know it's absurd to completely count him out, especially considering his run at 170 and 185 over the years, but I don't think there is any way he wins this. GSP will pick him apart standing worse than he did to Koscheck and he won't get subbed by him or taken down easily. Also, if Shields demonstrates the same cardio in this fight as he did with Kampmann, it's all she wrote.

Kenny Powers
01-08-2011, 07:55 PM
I doubt his cardio will be as bad. That was his first WW fight in two yeas and probably a struggle to get the weight off

Joabbuac.
01-08-2011, 10:15 PM
He said he dropped what 20lbs in a day?

Kenny Powers
01-09-2011, 03:14 AM
Something like that yeah..

OKMike
01-09-2011, 09:33 AM
I doubt his cardio will be as bad. That was his first WW fight in two yeas and probably a struggle to get the weight off



Yes. Add to that he probably had the traditional case of first time in UFC jitters and he had been off travelling for guest appearances and seminars during his suspension. He is a hard worker and has displayed strong cardio in his fights leading up to that match.