5 Reasons Why Jake Shields Will Beat Gsp at Ufc 129

Marco ConsoliContributor IApril 10, 2011

5 Reasons Why Jake Shields Will Beat Gsp at Ufc 129

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    HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 17:  Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion Jake Shields attends the CBS' Strikeforce MMA Fighters Open Media Workout on March 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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    After Georges St.-Pierre's complete domination of former No. 1 welterweight contender Josh Koshchek, the MMA world has been quick and adamant to request a dream match for the two top pound for pound fighters in the world: GSP and Anderson Silva.

    Dana White has been considering this fight and did mention that it could be a real possibility should Georges get past former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields.

    The dream fight has definitely put Shields in the backburner and many are looking beyond him and to the future where GSP and Silva can settle the debate as to who is the best fighter in the world today.

    While this fight surely garners the interest of absolutely every MMA fan; will GSP beat Shields though in order to make it happen, and what are the chances of a Jake Shields win actually taking place on April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto?

    Let us take a closer look at how Shields can win this fight.

Size

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    HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 17:  Legendary MMA Superstar and two time Olympic Wrestler Dan Henderson (L) and Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion Jake Shields (R)  attend the CBS' Strikeforce MMA Fighters Open Media Workout on March 17, 2010 in Hollywood, Califo
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    Listed as 6 feet tall and having fought and beaten fighters in the 185-pound weight division, Jake Shields will be St. Pierre’s largest and probably physically strongest opponent to date.

    Add to that fact that Shields has an excellent wrestling background (NCAA Division II) and you have a real possibility that we could see Shields implement the ground-and-pound and beat St.Pierre at his own potent game.

    GSP is considered to be a large 170-pound fighter, Shields is still the naturally bigger of the two.

Fight Pedigree

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    HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 17:  Strikeforce World Lightweight Champion Gilbert 'El Nino' Melendez and Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion Jake Shields attend the CBS' Strikeforce MMA Fighters Open Media Workout on March 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Pho
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    GSP has soundly beaten all the top contenders and has basically cleaned out the UFC's welterweight division. What is particularly impressive is the fact that he is able to dominate his opponent in every aspect and yet suffer very minimal damage.

    One has to imagine though, that a fighter with Shields' pedigree should pose a more than an ample threat to GSP and push him to limits has hasn't faced since his losses to Matt Serra and Matt Hughes.

    The fact that Shields has wins over 185-pound legend Dan Henderson and contenders Jason Miller and Robbie Lawler proves that he has fought some of the best and come out on top.

    Its important to note that Henderson has also fought at 205 on numerous occasions and won convincingly; adding even more credibility to Jake's impressive abilities.

    In addition to these wins at 185, he has also beaten Paul Daley, Carlos Condit and most recently Martin Kampmann. His fighting resume would indicate a very legitimate threat to GSP's title.

Submission Skills

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    Shields trains with Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu team, has a black belt in BJJ, trains with prominent submission specialist Nick Diaz and has won 10 of his fights via submission.

    Put this all together and you have a fighter with the submission skills that GSP has not come across since BJ Penn.

    However, unlike BJ, Jake is also a superb wrestler and if he can combine his wrestling and BJJ skills well, we could potentially see him use it to deadly effect and become the new 170-pound champion on April 30.

    If people haven't taken notice yet of the threat Shields presents to GSP, this fact alone should make people more aware.

Intangibles

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    diaz and shields training
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    Shields holds an impressive record of 26-4-1 in his MMA career. Add to this the fact that he has won 15 fights in a row and is unbeaten in over five years.

    It seems as though the native of California has all but forgotten how to lose a fight. His last loss was in 2004 against Akira Kikuchi!

    Whether it be grinding out a decision victory like he did against Kampmann in his last fight, or coming from behind and storming back from being almost knocked out (Dan Henderson), Shields has proven he knows what he has to do and what it takes to win a fight.

    Jake has the potential to take St. Pierre into deep waters in the upcoming fight, and he could just grind out a five-round decision.

Anderson Silva Factor

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    CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25: Anderson Silva talks to fans after he won the Middleweight Title Bout at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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    Now it wouldn't be fair to say that Georges St. Pierre is overlooking Jake Shields in anticipation of a superfight showdown with Anderson Silva.

    GSP is, after all, a true professional and student of the MMA game; and has made astounding progress in both his wrestling and standup skills since training with Greg Jackson.

    Still though, with the media constantly asking him about his thoughts on the "dream match" and UFC President Dana White openly discussing the possibility of the fight; using the terms "Superfight" and "A catch weight" it is hard to believe that all this can go ignored on the part of GSP.

    He has to be thinking about this fight somewhere in the back of his mind, and may perhaps not be 100 percent at the Jake Shields fight at hand.

    And that could be very dangerous for Georges, as his only two losses in his career came when he openly admitted he wasn't completely focused against Matt Hughes and Matt Serra.

Conclusion

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (2nd R) Georges St. Pierre celebrates his victory against Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. St. Pierre defeated Alves by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jon Kopalof
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    It is not unrealistic to consider this fight a superfight in itself. Both fighters have beaten the very best their respective organizations have offered in the welterweight division.  

    Both fighters have also gone on impressive unbeaten runs. Jake won 15 fights in a row to GSP's 8 fight win streak. On April 30 in Toronto, however, one of these streaks is about to end in a five round or less championship fight.

    GSP is rightly considered the favourite in this fight, but for the reasons explained in this slideshow, Jake Shields is no slouch or heavy underdog for that matter.

    GSP will be in for a tough, rugged fight against a very game and able opponent. Shields represents GSP's biggest challenge to date and if he is to beat the current UFC welterweight champion, rest assured, it would be due to the factors previously described.

    April 30 will be a great spectacle, accentuated by this superfight of GSP vs Jake Shields.