UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s run at the top of the 170lbs. division has been one characterized by complete dominance, but he’s about to face a fighter who’s no stranger to dominance in his own right: Jake Shields.
“Jake Shields hasn’t lost in six years, he has won fifteen fights in a row, but he hasn’t fought me,” says the French-Canadian champ. “The UFC world title is a different game.”
Shields’ current win streak includes victories in both the middle and welterweight classes over the likes of Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Mike Pyle, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Dan Henderson and Martin Kampmann — not exactly an unimpressive list of victims. It is because of this that St. Pierre says he is excited and motivated to face the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter.
“He’s a guy that I’ve wanted to fight for a long time,” Rush said of Shields. “I think he’s the greatest fighter at welterweight now, he’s the guy to beat. The best guys are gonna clash together that night and it’s gonna be a good fight.”
What it comes down to, according to St. Pierre, is that he has the ability to surprise Shields in his attack, whereas Shields has one avenue for victory and that his multi-faceted offense will carry him to victory on the night.
“Jake Shields is the best jiu-jitsu guy in the UFC right now. I know what he wants to do to me: he’s gonna want to set up his takedowns with striking, put me down, mount me and try to submit me from there. He doesn’t know what I’m gonna do to him. I can try to knock him out standing up, or knock him out on the floor, try to submit him,” he said. “I’m not afraid to go to the floor with him and that’s something different that he’s never faced before, everyone that’s fought, they were afraid to go on the floor with him, but not me. And I’m a clever fighter. I will dictate the pace of the fight, I will fight my fight and this fight will finish with, ‘Still UFC welterweight champion, Georges ‘Rush’ St. Pierre.”
Shields and St. Pierre will face off on April 30 at UFC 129, which is going down at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will mark the UFC’s first trip to the province.