With UFC 129 less than a week away, and with the UFC broadcasting UFC prime time for the past few weeks, there is great anticipation and hype leading up to the event. The main event specifically has been the main topic of conversation among MMA fans, as it has been showcased and promoted as one of the biggest fights of the year. And based on the their professional record and title pedigree, it would appear that the fight will be a highly competitive and entertaining spectacle. It is, after all the main event in UFC's first show since getting approved and licensed in Toronto.
Taking a closer look at these two fighters indicates that they both lean towards the more conservative and low-risk approach when applying their technique. Neither one of these fighters is considered to have serious striking power; in fact there are many question marks surrounding Jake Shield's standup game altogether. He isn't very comfortable and is vulnerable in the standup position and would much rather take the fight to the ground. GSP in contrast, is very good at using combination striking and has what many consider to be the best wrestling and takedowns in MMA today. Couple that with the fact that he is very good at controlling his opponent on the ground and all in all you have the ingredients for another drawn out five round decision victory for the Canadian.
Jake Shields does pose a threat on the ground as his noteable BJJ submission skills have have paved the way for his many victories. But GSP is known for studying his opponents game and coming up with a strategy that capitalizes on his opponents weaknesses while avoiding unnecessary risk. That being said, we could all be in store for another safety first approach by both of these fighters and ultimately a five round decision looks to be looking in the balance and will be the deciding factor in this bout.
With other notable superstars that include Jose Aldo, Randy Couture and Lyoto Machida also on the card, there is the potential for the main event to be overshadowed by other less promoted fights.