Many people are drastically underestimating Jake Shields in his upcoming bid for the title against champ Georges St. Pierre, but St. Pierre isn’t one of them.
“Rush” spoke with Joe Rogan during the Spike TV broadcast of UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis about the unique and very real challenge that Shields poses and about what he’s doing differently to prepare for “the specialist.”
“Training is going well. I’ve been working on a lot of different stuff and getting back to my roots: karate,” St. Pierre revealed. “A lot of different things. I can’t wait to show it the night of the fight.”
Due to his limited and unremarkable exposure in the UFC, Shields is being overlooked against St. Pierre, but the Cesar Gracie-trained grappler has a list of accomplishments a mile long — and St. Pierre’s been studying.
“Jake Shields is very well rounded but he’s a specialist, like you said. I know what he wants to do to me: he’s going to try to put me on the floor and pull out a submission hold or maybe ground and pound,” he said. “The thing is, he doesn’t know what I’m going to do to him. So, I think I’ve got a little edge on that part, but it’s definitely the most dangerous fight of my career. This guy has beaten everyone, he hasn’t lost in six years. He’s undefeated in fifteen fights. He has beaten everyone at 170 and 185. As a true champion, I really embrace the challenge and I’m ready for it.”
Shields and St. Pierre are set to meet this April 30 at UFC 129, which will take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.