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UFC 129: Georges St. Pierre Vs. Jake Shields (UFC Welterweight Championship)

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields. To access our full coverage, click here.

Shields makes his walk to the cage to “Renegades of Funk” by Rage Against the Machine, supported by the Cesar Gracie crew.

Predictably, the crowd goes crazy when St. Pierre enters the arena, backed by a French-speaking rapper.

Herb Dean will referee this championship bout.

Round 1: They start out striking and it isn’t long before Shields catches a kick from St. Pierre and presses him to the cage. St. Pierre shows deft takedown defense in staying on his feet using only one leg. Shields lands a nice body kick. St. Pierre misses on two spinning back kicks. St. Pierre lands a nice jab. St. Pierre misses on another turning side kick. St. Pierre sends home a good right hand. St. Pierre knocks Shields off balance with a jab as he tries for a kick. Shields grabs another kick, but St. Pierre stays on his feet. Shields switches to Southpaw briefly. St. Pierre showing some fancy footwork as he starts to warm up.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre

Round 2: Shields lands a right hand. St. Pierre lands a nice leg kick and continues to pump out a stiff jab. St. Pierre cracks Shields with an overhand right that looks to have him hurt. St. Pierre tries to find a home for that right hand again and barely whiffs it. St. Pierre with a spinning back kick. Shields tries to grab ahold of him, but St. Pierre breaks free without trouble. They briefly clinch again, but nothing comes of it. St. Pierre opening up and Shields briefly grabs onto his leg again off of a spinning back kick, but “Rush” backs out again. St. Pierre with a nice leg kick that knocks Shields off balance.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre

Round 3: Shields comes out aggressive, getting in St. Pierre’s face with multiple jabs, throwing off the champ’s rhythm. St. Pierre lands over the top with another right hand before stuffing another takedown attempt. St. Pierre tries for the liver shot, but misses. They clinch briefly, but St. Pierre throws Shields off of him. Shields misses on another takedown attempt. St. Pierre with a solid leg kick, then a short left hand. Shields with a body kick, but cannot get ahold of St. Pierre on the follow up clinch attempt. St. Pierre misses on the spinning back kick again. St. Pierre tosses Shields to the mat with ease with under twenty to go.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre

St. Pierre is having trouble seeing from his left eye.

Round 4: St. Pierre gets the takedown early, but won’t hang around long enough to engage him on the mat. As Rogan points out, St. Pierre is having his way with Shields, but isn’t putting much pressure on him or doing much damage, which won’t do much to dissuade his critics. Shields tries for the clinch again and is shucked off. St. Pierre drops Shields with a head kick. Shields grabs the single leg å la the Dan Henderson fight, but St. Pierre easily avoids it. Shields lands a one-two and starts to taunt the champion in the style of his teammates, the Diaz brothers. Shields is opening up on the feet now and has drawn blood from the champ. St. Pierre lands the overhand right. St. Pierre is bleeding pretty heavily from his nose.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre

The two men shake hands in the middle before the round starts.

Round 5: Shields is staying in St. Pierre’s face, smelling blood in the water. St. Pierre with a Superman jab. St. Pierre lands the overhand right again. Shields tries to rush in with a combination, but St. Pierre counters and keeps him off balance. St. Pierre checks the clock with just over three minutes to go. Rogan expresses his shock that St. Pierre hasn’t been able to do much damage to Shields. Shields with a nice jab. St. Pierre lands the jab. The crowd begins to boo the lack of action. St. Pierre tries for a takedown at the bell but can’t complete it.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-10

Georges St. Pierre defeated Jake Shields via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)

St. Pierre credits Shields for being better at stand up than he thought, explains that he cannot see out of his left eye and that he is unhappy with his performance.

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