Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields’ impending fight for the UFC welterweight crown is a historic one on account of the fact that it marks the UFC’s first trip into Toronto since the sport was recently legalized in the province.
For St. Pierre, it represents yet another opportunity to fight in front his home country and to bask in the overwhelming support of his countrymen. For Shields, fighting in St. Pierre’s backyard and in front of what is sure to be a hostile crowd strengthens his role as the underdog — a role he has been heartily embracing.
St. Pierre is excited and then some to be the main attraction of the landmark card, but as a true champion, he is focused mainly on getting the job done against Jake Shields on April 30th.
“It’s an honor for me to be headlining this card because it’s a historical event, but don’t blink,” warns St. Pierre. “There’s gonna be a lot of action. My ultimate goal in this sport is being the greatest and also being the one who made the difference and brought the sport of mixed martial arts to another level.”
Shields fully expects the crowd’s hostility and it isn’t afraid to send them all home with less wind in their sails than they showed up with.
“They are going to be booing me like crazy,” said Shields. “There’s no way to prepare for 55,000 people booing you, but I know what’s going to happen and that’s beat GSP.
“The Canadians will go home pretty miserable, but hopefully they will at least appreciate that they saw something special in the title changing hands in a huge upset.”
UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields goes down this April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.