Former Strikeforce middleweight champion and newly acquired UFC welterweight Jake Shields is currently set to make his UFC debut against 170lb. contender Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann later this month at UFC 121. However, the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter is already setting his sights on the UFC welterweight championship; or, more accurately, the holder of that belt: Georges St. Pierre.
“The reason I’ve wanted to fight St. Pierre for the last few years, I think he’s the best of the best,” Sheilds said in a recently released Fight! Magazine video titled “The Specialist.” “Pound-for-pound rankings are kind of pointless, but if I had to do a pound-for-pound ranking, I’d put GSP at number one. I want to fight the best, to test myself. I’m out here to see if I’m truly the best and I think, right now, GSP is the guy I put as best and so I want to fight him. I think it’ll be a tremendously tough fight but I believe in myself and that’s why I want to do it.”
Shields has Kampmann to deal with soon and St. Pierre has an upcoming title defense to make against Josh Koscheck this December before either one of them can think about fighting the other. Shields and Kampmann will tangle on the 23rd of this month at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez in Anaheim, California. St. Pierre and Koscheck will meet in the cage this December 11th at UFC 124 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada upon the conclusion of this newest season of The Ultimate Fighter where they serve as opposing coaches.