Report: Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields Set for UFC 129 in Toronto

January 2, 2011

One of the worst kept secrets in MMA has been the desire to have UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre headline UFC 129 and defend his title against Jake Shields at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

UFC fighters Jake Shields and Georges St-Pierre

Jake Shields and Georges St-Pierre

It looks like that fight is coming to fruition.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo!! Sports – an content partner – early Sunday morning reported that UFC president Dana White said the fight is set for the April 30 event in Toronto.

The bout between St-Pierre and the former Strikeforce middleweight champion will headline the UFC 129 fight card. A bout first reported by and subsequently confirmed by will pit former UFC champions Randy Couture and Lyoto Machida in what is expected to be the co-main event of the evening.

St-Pierre is fresh off of a win over Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in Montreal. Shields enters the bout after his Octagon debut, where he defeated Martin Kampmann.

UFC 129 will mark the first time that St-Pierre has been able to fight back-to-back in his home country since taking up residence in the Octagon.