Jake Shields is less than a month away from potentially having years of hard work pay off when he faces UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129. Shields recently revealed in an interview with UFC.com that he plans on leaving the Rogers with the welterweight championship belt in tow.
“To become UFC welterweight champion would mean everything to me, this is what I’ve spent my last eleven years pursuing with all my energy,” said Shields. “It’s something I plan on doing April 30.”
A former multi-division, multi-promotional champion, Shields explained that he has always had his eye on the UFC belt and the man who’s held it since 2008.
“I’ve wanted to fight GSP for years. I’ve been on other shows, and I heard everyone saying ‘GSP, GSP, he’s the greatest.’
“When I was over in EliteXC beating everyone else, when I was over in Strikeforce beating everyone else, everyone kept talking about GSP,” he continued. “I’ve been looking at this guy and wanting to fight him for years and I finally have this opportunity – it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.”
Shields isn’t taking the fight lightly though, and knows he’s in store for a tough night against one of the sport’s very best.
“I wanna be the best,” he said. “You can’t say you’re the best unless you’re being the best and GSP… he’s showed that he deserves all the respect and credit that he’s been getting, that’s why I want to fight him.
Not only is St-Pierre entering the fight as a heavy favorite, he will also have 55,000 Canadian fans in attendance cheering him on. However, Shields stated that he plans on blocking that out when he enters the Octagon.
“A lot of people are expecting me to lose, but I have no intentions of doing that… I’m just thinking about going in there and beating him, they can boo me or cheer me, I’m going out there to beat GSP.”
Shields and St. Pierre will meet at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario for UFC 129 this April 30.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.