Despite the fact that Georges St. Pierre has established a reign of dominance in his division currently rivaled only by middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, taking out a who’s who at 170lbs. on the way, the French-Canadian dynamo still endures criticism for his lack of finishes in title fights.
Though he has no responsibility to answer to these critics, in a recent interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, St. Pierre admitted that he will be looking to put his upcoming opponent Jake Shields away within the distance.
“To tell you the truth, I want the finish,” said St. Pierre. “It’s hard to finish a guy that doesn’t completely go forward and attack me. A lot of guys — I know one thing: Jake Shields is gonna bring the best out of Georges St. Pierre and that’s why I’m looking forward to this fight.”
St. Pierre wants to get the finish, but he remains fully aware that, much like his last several opponents, Shields will not be put away easily and is, in fact, one of the most dangerous fighters he’s yet to face.
“If I get in cruise control, I’m gonna lose the fight,” said St. Pierre. “I’m gonna fight the best guy that I’ve fought. I’m glad to fight him, I wanted to fight him for a long time.”
St. Pierre and Shields will face off this Saturday night in the main event of UFC 129, which goes down at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Don’t forget to check back with FightLine.com on the night for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.