"To become the UFC welterweight champion would mean everything to me. This is what I've spent my last 11 years pursuing with all my energy. This is something I plan on doing April 30th."Apr 30th, live on Pay-per-view from Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
"I've been in these other shows and heard everyone say GSP is the greatest. When I was over in EliteXC beating everyone else, when I was in Strikeforce beating everyone else, at Rumble on the Rock and everyone kept on talking about GSP, I kept on winning and winning and beating good competition. I've been looking at this guy and wanting to fight him for years."
"I'm just thinking about going out there and beating him. They can boo me or cheer me, but I'm going out there to beat GSP."
Jake Shields (26-4-1) [Num. 3] +365
Win Martin Kampmann - Decision (Split) UFC 121
Win Dan Henderson - Decision (Unanimous) Strikeforce
Win Jason Miller - Decision (Unanimous) Strikeforce
Georges "Rush" St. Pierre (21-2) [Num. 1] -500
Win Josh Koscheck - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 124
Win Dan Hardy - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 111
Win Thiago Alves - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 100
Jake Shields - Preparing for UFC 129