Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole is reporting that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will attempt to make the sixth defense of his welterweight title this April in Toronto. “Rush” will be taking on former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields in the main event of UFC 129.
A dominant five round decision win over Josh Koscheck this month extended St. Pierre’s current title run to five, with dominant wins over Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy and Koscheck comprising his impressive streak as champion. The French-Canadian 180-pound kingpin has not lost a bout since 2007, when he was shockingly knocked out by Matt Serra. Sine then, he has racked up eight victories, bringing his career record to 21-2.
Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu product Jake Shields recently left his position as Strikeforce middleweight champion in order to test his mettle in the UFC’s welterweight division. He made his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann this October, defeating Dutch striker Martin Kampmann by split decision. Shields is currently on a fifteen-fight winning streak, which includes impressive wins over Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Mike Pyle, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Dan Henderson.
UFC 129 is scheduled to take place this April 30th at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. UFC 129 will mark the UFC’s first trip to Ontario since the sport was legalized there this August.