We’re finally here, fans and friends. After three days and eleven previous entries, “ufc 129 Complete Collection” is now at an end. Hopefully this series has fulfilled its purpose, hopefully you’re now both excited for and knowledgeable of all twelve fights scheduled for UFC 129, which will see the UFC debut in Toronto in front of over 55,000 fans. For the previous entry in the series, please click here. For the finale of the series, we’ve got one of the biggest fights of the year: Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC Welterweight Championship against former multi-promotion champion Jake Shields.
Georges St. Pierre is on my personal shortlist of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. The fact that he’s not even thirty yet and has lost only twice honestly scares me a little. Georges St. Pierre has performed flawlessly for so long and during so many fights that he’s currently ranked as the top Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world on many popular websites and forums. Currently, Georges St. Pierre is unbeaten for over four years, and is on a eight-fight win-streak.
When he takes on Jake Shields at UFC 129, GSP will be defending his Welterweight Championship for the sixth time. He’s made great strikers like Thiago Alves and Dan Hardy look like amateurs with his dominant, unstoppable wrestling and Ground and Pound. He’s rearranged the faces of dominant wrestlers like Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck with his crisp, powerful, precise punches. And he’s outright dominated fellow legends like BJ Penn and Matt Hughes with a mix of everything in his arsenal.
It doesn’t matter who he’s put up against in his most-recent reign as Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre tears them all down. One way or another, not one fighter of this current undefeated streak has ever made Georges St. Pierre look human. No one has done that, regardless of their skill level, regardless of their strengths, not since Matt Serra shocked the world and scored the biggest upset in UFC history by TKO’ing him. Since Serra, no one has even come remotely close.
But Jake Shields may be the man to do just that. Shields is highly decorated in the cage, in submission grappling, in collegiate wrestling, and is adept at all facets of the game. He is a former Shooto Middleweight Champion, a former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, and a former EliteXC Welterweight Champion. And let’s not forget that Shields never lost the EliteXC title, the promotion folded before they found someone that could beat Shields. And also don’t forget that Jake Shields gave up his Strikeforce Middleweight Championship when he signed to the UFC.
And perhaps most importantly, try and remember the last time someone beat Jake Shields. Pretty tough, isn’t it? That’s because Jake Shields last lost in 2004. For over six years, no one has been able to beat Jake Shields. That’s fifteen straight fights, with six submissions and two TKO’s. The rest were all decision victories, with Shields winning all but two fights by Unanimous Decision.
It’s hard to pick against Georges St. Pierre. Wait, let me rephrase that: it’s nearly impossible. The man is a freak of nature, plain and simple. And he always brings out his best when he fights in Canada. And he’ll be fighting in Canada at UFC 129, in front of over 55,000 fans that nearly revere him. And Georges St. Pierre keeps improving.
But if you could make one man that held the best chance against Georges St. Pierre, it would be Jake Shields. Booked as a sacrificial lamb and not much else, Shields survived the early-round onslaughts of the legendary Dan Henderson and then dominated him for four straight rounds. He’s got impressive takedown ability, great ground control, and an amazing submission game. Shields won’t have a problem with GSP’s size since he’s fought at and dominated at Middleweight. Jake Shields is the complete package… GSP just happens to be the “completer” package. But no matter who wins, this fight has all the makings of a Fight of the Year contender.
And with that said, fans and friends, “UFC 129 Complete Collection” now draws to a close. I would like to take this time to thank any and all of you that tuned in, and I hope you’re now as pumped up for this show as I am. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting an “epilogue” with my final thoughts on this series as well as a complete archive of all twelve parts. And now it’s time to ask one final time: what about you, fans and friends? What do you think of this upcoming championship showdown?