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.
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 takes place this Saturday, April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As always, FightLine.com will provide live coverage of the event.