UFC 129: Georges St-Pierre Believes Jake Shields Would Beat Every Contender He’s Ever Faced

April 21, 2011
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Some fans might be counting Jake Shields out in his fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129. Some fighters might be counting Jake Shields out in his fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129. Oddsmakers have Shields as a four-to-one underdog going into UFC 129.

But there’s one key person who knows exactly how dangerous Jake Shields is. That person is Georges St-Pierre.

St-Pierre has had past opponents come at him with trash talk trying to get into his head, but with Shields he believes he’s legitimately facing the best fighter he’s ever fought at 170 pounds.

The Canadian champion has had his eye on Shields even before he came to the UFC, and mentioned fighting him a few years ago. Now that they are on a collision course in Toronto, St-Pierre will never look at Shields as an underdog. Shields is a champion, capable of beating the best in the world and that includes Georges St-Pierre.

“I’m going to tell you something about Jake Shields. When everyone thought he was going to lose to Robbie Lawler, I knew he was going to win. When everyone thought he was going to lose to Dan Henderson, I knew, I told all my friends, I was watching the fight, I knew he was going to win. I knew every single time Jake Shields was going into a fight as an underdog, I knew, I had a strong belief that he was going to win,” St-Pierre told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.

St-Pierre believes people are underrating Shields because the strongest part of his game is his grappling, and it doesn’t have the same impact when watching a fight as a knockout does. Watching his past fights however, St-Pierre is fully aware of just how dangerous Shields can be, and his submissions are even more deadly than a flash knockout.

“The people, they don’t realize because they see a guy get knocked out, it’s very violent. They see Dan Henderson with a very powerful overhand right, he knocked out many people. Like Robbie Lawler, obviously a very powerful puncher, knocked out many people. People forget that a guy who’s got good submissions, it’s just as dangerous as a knockout punch,” St-Pierre stated.

“You can be winning the whole fight, four rounds, and then in the fifth round in the last minute you can make a mistake and bang, you have to tap. Otherwise your limb will break or you’ll be choked out unconscious. It’s just as bad as a knockout punch. Jake Shields has a weapon that is even more dangerous than a knockout punch. And he always finds a way to bring the fight and his game where he’s the strongest, even though the odds are all against him. That’s why this fight is the most dangerous fight for me.”

Throughout his career, even though he wasn’t in the UFC, Shields has managed to face some of the best fighters in the world. Shields holds wins over top names like Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Paul Daley, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and Dan Henderson.

It’s for that very reason that St-Pierre believes Shields is truly the top 170-pound fighter he’s ever faced.

“I’m going to tell you right now, I strongly believe that if I put Jake against any of the contenders that I have fought before, Jake would have won the fight,” said St-Pierre. “That’s why this fight, when I say this fight the bar is raised higher than it’s ever been before, I’m not lying about it.”

And if the odds have Shields as a four-to-one underdog, well St-Pierre thinks that’s just crazy. If he’s the favorite in this fight, the UFC’s top welterweight sure isn’t looking at it that way, and he won’t let anyone tell him any different.

“This is foolish. This is like a trap for me,” St-Pierre said about being a heavy favorite in the fight.

“I’m not going to fall into the trap. The odds, this is ridiculous. People that make the odds, they don’t even know the sport, they have no idea who they’re dealing with.”

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  • judo johnson

    GSP is right about that !!! WAR JAKE

  • BigGuy

    Go GSP!!!!

  • phrankthetank

    There’s no question that GSP is the better fighter. But to put Jake shields at 4 to 1? That’s nuts. Shields has wicked jits, very dangerous fight

    • Cptmats

      I give him a much better chance than 4-1 ! Jitz is overrated in MMA, His May be some of the best, But this isnt a Jitz match ! Gsp Sharpened is boxing up alot in two months With Freddie Roach, imagine how far its come in the last six ! And shield wouldnt be the first BJJ world champ that George destroyed on the ground !

  • MrAdidas

    Cptmats: I completely agree, yes Shields has world class BJJ, but this is MMA. If Shields were to fight BJ Penn @ jsut BJJ I would bet anything BJ would have him twisted into a pretzel in a matter of time, it may take some time but BJ has better BJJ

    (I hate BJ Penn – but he won the Worlds @ BJJ – black belt with only 3 yrs of BJJ training – I’ll say that again, he trained BJJ for 3 yrs & won the World Championship Vs black belts who had 20+ yrs experience, while he only had 3 yrs of total BJJ experience).

    Also, if Shields is so great @ BJJ in MMA, then y couldnt he finish or even do much damage to Henderson who he had mounted for over 3 rounds? Y couldnt Shields submit Kampmann when he had him mounted several times & had his back a few times?!? Come on people, you all expect Jake Shields to submit GSP who has way better BJJ & way better BJJ defence than Henderson & Kampmann? Does noone else see how thats confusing to me? I’m not saying GSP is impossible to submit, but if Shields couldnt submit Hendo or Kampmann with all the “perfect” positions/chances he had to finish them, then I dont see how he could even come close to subing GSP. Especially if Shields cant get GSP down, not to mention the fists Shields is going to be eating. Not sure how Shields is going to take GSP down, when world class wrestler like Fitch & Koscheck couldnt even make GSP uncomfortable.

    The more I see GSP strike/hitting the pads, the more I feel for Shields b/c GSP has improved Leaps & Bounds in his striking since December Vs Koscheck. Jake Shields has TERRIBLE striking compared to GSP, watching Jake strike 7 kick on the UFC Prime Time shows has literally made me laugh. Go to UFC.com & watch the the first 2 episodes of the GSP/Shields Prime Time & have a look & compare GSP’s striking & kicks, compared to Jake Shields. One word……. OUCH!!!

    *** Check out the guy’s expressions whos holding Shields pads while Jake kicks & then compare that to the “lucky” guy’s expressions whos holding GSP’s pads when GSP kicks. Also, check/compare the difference in speed, strength & power of their kicks – check out the distance Shields pads coach moves back after Jake kicks & then look at GSP’s pad coach after absorbing GSP’s kicks. One coach looks shocked & scared, while the other coach is “chilling”!!!

    GSP by beatdown/embaressment/broken face

    • x1234x

      wow Mr.Addidas Ive followed some of your posts before when yuv gone on anti Penn rants and Ive got a say I agree with you 100% on this one though, and not because you praised penn a bit but because yur kinda a elluding to what I am gonna say now, that all these guys these “jiu jitsu experts and jiu jitsu coaches that specialize in jiu jitsu” like shields and and Greg Jackson making up his own kind called whatever… is all just BULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLSHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHEN THE fuck did all these experts just pop up from evry one these days says oh man I spcializein Bjj yo man Im a bjj specialist, blah blaha blaha ahdgdoiduid bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No yur not I love when guys like Denis Siver and shogun and Machida Penn come out and bas in the faces of thse little white kids that think their experts in this shit omfg who doesnt say this in their prefight interviews now “Im looking to take this to the ground and go for the finish cuz thats where my strength is” No its not!!!!! just like this guy said if he was that good he woulda submitted kampmann and hendo but hes not hes just a little pussy that when st.pierre punches him he will go down and trutle up likea little bitch

  • Rence54

    Ya know, everyone gets on GSP for not being a “finisher” but lets look at is record, of 21 wins 13 were sub/tko and his decisions were not exactly fighters who had been fighters for 6 months. hell his last 5 fights, Kos, Hardy, Alves, Penn and Fitch. sure, 4 decisions out of 5 fights but Kos had to nearly plead with the dr’s to let him continue, the Hardy fight he could have finished sure, but he would have had to break Dans arm to do it, Alves is just a warrior and Fitch isnt exactly a pussy either. So, is it cuz GSP cant finish fights or because he’s been given fighters who had big brass balls? Say what you want about guys like Kos but no one can say they dont have heart.

    Also consider GSP has said many times that he likes to take fights to places that give him the edge over his opponent. Kos is a good wrestler so GSP wanted to keep it on the feet. Hardy is a Striker so GSP wanted to take it to the ground etc. at the end of the day, its about leaving with the W, so who here really thinks that GSP’s gameplan is to take Jake to the ground? So i think what we’re going to see is GSP putting on a Muay Thai/Boxing clinic on Sheilds.

    so what we get in the end is a fighter smart enough to keep his opponent fighting outside their area of specialty and a fighter skilled enough to not just choose where and how a fight goes down but to be better than his opponent in the area he chooses to take the fight.

    now, this isnt to take anything away from shieilds, i think he’s a great fighter even if he’s not as flashy as some other fighters, but no one can say he’s not great at what he does. i just think that GSP has more things he’s better at than sheilds does, and i think that even the things sheilds is good at, gsp excels at them. so i see gsp winning this fight, but it will not surprise me if shields wins. hell i may even throw down a hundie just cuz the odds make it worth a gamble 🙂