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Will Jake Shields Be Georges St. Pierre’s Toughest Opponent to Date?

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(The staredown from today’s UFC 129 press conference in Toronto; props to ZombieProphet)

By Ryan Ventura

When Jake Shields beat Dan Henderson to a unanimous decision at Strikeforce: Nashville last year I was shocked. At the time, Hendo had left the UFC fresh off his devastating KO victory over Michael Bisping and was the favorite against Jake Shields in his Strikeforce debut. Before he defended his Middleweight crown against Dangerous Dan, Shields fought for the then-vacant Strikeforce belt against Jason Miller in a grappling clinic put on between the two, and in the end took the unanimous decision.

I personally believed that Jake didn’t have what it took to beat not only an Olympic-class wrestler, but a very dangerous power puncher. Most of us should know that Jake Shields doesn’t exactly have the best stand-up in Mixed Martial Arts. But what he lacks in the striking department, he completely makes up for with his Caesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt and his very strong wrestling. If Shields can grab a hold of any opponent, they’ll be in very big trouble trying to defend his takedown, submissions, and transitions. And if somehow you can get him on the ground, he has the tools to get out of any nasty situation…

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joe sons balls- April 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm
"dranokills Says:

Thu, 04/28/11 - 04:14

remember how everyone on here made fun of Shieldzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….
huh? oh yeah as I was saying: remember how everyone saw right through Jake before he came to UFC? well he is still the same lameass boring fighter only his ability to lay on people wont work with GSP. Prepare for a beatdown in the first round. This fight has been hyped by the hype machine, and everyone is somehow pumped for this?
It will be GSP’s easiest victory in history."

-yep. all that
joe sons balls- April 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm
am i the only one who thinks staredowns are gayer than 2 guys bumping cocks? why do we still do this?
mt59801- April 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Sheilds gets the belt. This guy uses boredom like Darth Vader uses the force. On a serious note; Sheilds comes from a camp where everyone seems to be able survive anything that's thrown at them . GSP has the edge in striking , but I'm guessing those diaz boys throw a punch or two in training.
Frank Mirko CC- April 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm
I'm not even a GSP fan, but I don't go around calling him a scared bitch on the internet when I know full well he's not. Drop the tough guy act, you sound like a retard to everyone here. You're probably so dumb you don't even realize it. Go reflect on your life, maybe get an education, then come back with a well thought out response.

Oh and keep your gay fantasies to yourself. God damn.
dranokills- April 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Baked you make no sense you talk like a 5th grader. you talk like a kid who found his daddys gun and has no clue how to use it.
shut up already.
im-baked- April 28, 2011 at 11:29 am
Frank Mirko CC - I like GSP too, but not in a homosexual way. But he looks like a scared bitch in that .gif. It appears you are a homofag that would love to go 5 rounds with GSP with him laying on top while you take it dry in the redzone like his little bitch waiting for him to breed your hole.
Stak40- April 28, 2011 at 6:32 am
Yeah i am kind of tired of listening to this hyped up bullshit myself. Shields does have an impressive record and streak fight 2nd tier fighters but all that shit ends on Saturday. I dont give a fuck what yall say he lost to Kampman and he will get demolished by GSP. GSP aint worried about Shields he is just selling the fight in his home town in front of the biggest gate to date.
dranokills- April 28, 2011 at 4:14 am
remember how everyone on here made fun of Shieldzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
huh? oh yeah as I was saying: remember how everyone saw right through Jake before he came to UFC? well he is still the same lameass boring fighter only his ability to lay on people wont work with GSP. Prepare for a beatdown in the first round. This fight has been hyped by the hype machine, and everyone is somehow pumped for this?
It will be GSP's easiest victory in history.
Dagnut- April 28, 2011 at 3:57 am
@RoyNelsonMuntz...the same Fitch who struggled with Penn? who split with Sanchez..that Fitch?
Disco-Platypus- April 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm
This guy is a terrible writer. Jesus.
RoyNelsonMuntz- April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm
I tells ya what, I'm sick of hearing how every opponent is "GSP's most dangerous fight yet".

Fitch was and still is GSP's most dangerous opponent. Ranked higher p4p and ww than any other dude GSP has taken on, not to mention St-Pierre was less experienced at the time they fought. I'm not saying 'ol Jake won't be a challenge, but Fitch > Shields all day.

My $0.02
TheWarsawExpress- April 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm
I agree that hendo looked sluggish in the shields fight. I recall he dominated the first round and then gassed soon after. I think a hendo in perfect shape would have taken a TKO victory. Hendo didn't prepare for the fight very well, but that is besides the point of his performance against GSP. I think Kampmann is a tough fight for anyone, but not that tough. GSP would have owned Kampmann on the ground, and probably in stand-up. I also felt like Kampmann could have won that fight against Shields. The difference in the loss seemed like one take-down by shields. Kampmann landed the only power strikes of the entire fight. I think GSP made Mayhem Miller look like a little bitch, too (but I think that was due to the weight cut, too).

GSP has been practicing defensive wrestling (take-down defense) and major stand-up. Look for GSP to utilize the jab and sprawl for 5 rounds. Look for Shields to be too scared to shoot in for a take-down and fall to guard for 5 founds.
Canadian Chronic- April 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm
stupig gif, cant see anything except Shields letting up first in the stare- down
Im calling GSP KO 3 rd
Frank Mirko CC- April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Haha calm down. Calling GSP a scared bitch makes you sound like a bitch yourself.

That's not too hard to understand right?
El Guapo- April 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm
Listen, listen, here's the thing about this fight. Shields brings alot to the ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
KidDinomite- April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm
I think you put Shields in with someone like Thiago Alves and you would see how quickly Alves exposes Shield's lack of standup. The only way for Shields to win is by lay n' pray but anything short of GSP or Fitch's takedowns Alves can get back up. I think the UFC should put Shields vs. Alves when he loses to GSP and Alves wins his next fight which he should.
Null Kuhl- April 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm
I mean, the first sentence is a run-on! Way to go, "journalists".
Null Kuhl- April 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Did a 6 year old write this article? I gave up counting grammatical errors after the first paragraph. Sad.
im-baked- April 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm
Cro mag - my balls itch

Frank Mirko CC - no shit you dumb ass, and where the fuck was I bitching? you pussy fag.
Sabre2087- April 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Actually, he looks bored to me. Like he's sick and tired of all the press surrounding this fight.
Clyde- April 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm
@cro cops cup: I agree with your point, but who was tipping Hardy to win? Other than Gareth A Davis of the Daily Telegraph?
Frank Mirko CC- April 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

He may look like a scared bitch to you, but he's actually the fucking WW champion and a future hall of famer..

On the other hand you come off as a whiny bitch, and you actually are.
Dagnut- April 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Well the debate is, is Shields the toughest opponent? IMO yes, look at GSP's conquests I think shields would beat them all...yeah he struggled against kampmann but I think kampmann is a tough fight for anyone including gsp..he just seems to get it horribly wrong.
Shields can beat GSP, I bet he's a good bit stronger than gsp and that will surprise him...he will need everything to go right for him but because gsp is so talented everywhere
serofibrinous- April 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm
It is amazing how well the UFC as succeeded in hyping up Shields as the greatest threat to GSP's title. Don't buy into it, please. He is threat,as much as Fitch, Penn, Koscheck or Alves were.
Cro mag- April 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm
how insightful you dickless moron.