UFC 129: Is Jake Shields GSP's Next Victim?
On Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges "Rush" St. Pierre will defend his title against two-time All-American collegiate wrestler and Cesar Gracie Black Belt, Jake Shields.
This fight is interesting because Shields is on a 15-fight win streak. The last time this guy lost a match was in December of '04. A streak that long is nothing short of impressive, especially in MMA. But GSP is also on a streak of his own. GSP has won eight in a row, five of the eight being title defenses. GSP's last loss was at UFC 69 against Matt Serra in April of '07.
On paper, you could say that this fight would be dead even. But the difference is the fact that GSP has handled accomplished wrestlers with ease by taking them down at will. With that in mind, wrestlers would want to keep the fight standing with St. Pierre, which is not a good thing either. Just ask Josh Koscheck. He knows first hand why you don't want to slug it out with the Canadian Native.
GSP, litterally, has no weaknesses and that is exactly why he has been the UFC Welterweight Champion for the past three years. Shields is going to do everything in his power to snare that title. His last fight against Martin Kampmann marked his UFC debut, but Shields could have easily lost that fight instead of winning via Split decision.
Before the Kampmann fight, Shields showed absolute dominance over his previous fights. Winning against former Pride Champion Dan Henderson was very impressive and submitting the likes of Paul Daley and Robbie Lawler was an impressive feat as well.
Keep in mind, none of those fighters was Georges St. Pierre. He is a totally different animal and there really isn't a way to train for his style. If you stick to the ground game he will knock you out. If you stick to the striking game, he will either knock you out or take you down and make you tapout.
This fight will be determined of who wants it most. Whoever imposes their will first and stick to the gameplan will come out on top. On April 30, at UFC 129, Georges St. Pierre will do just that and for Jake Shields, he will just be another victim.
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