UFC 129 Fight Card: Georges St. Pierre vs Jake Shields at a Glance

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his title against former EliteXC and Strikeforce champ Jake Shields in front of the biggest crowd in North American MMA history. 

St. Pierre is in the midst of an incredible eight fight win streak. He hasn't lost a round on the judges' cards since August 2007. Since he's only finished three of those fights (2 TKO's, 1 Sub), that's an incredible 27 straight rounds. In the process GSP has pretty much wiped out the UFC's welterweight division, including double wins over Josh Koscheck and B.J. Penn

Shields for his part is enjoying a nearly as impressive 15-fight, six-year win streak over lesser, but still impressive competition. Some would even say that since so many of Shields' wins were over middleweights like Dan Henderson, Yushin Okami, Jason Miller, and Robbie Lawler that he fought comparable competition to GSP's despite only having 2 UFC bouts.

Shields epitomizes the wrestler-grappler approach to MMA. He can get the take down on almost anyone and once on the ground he generally dominates with his dangerous Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu. 

Unfortunately for Shields, GSP can match or exceed him as a wrestler and is nearly as good at submissions and jiu jitsu positional games. 

Then there's the stand up game where GSP dominates by such a wide margin I assigned the striking aspect double points in the chart below.  Enjoy.

Note that no points are assigned in the event of a tie.

Aspect GSP Points Shields Advantage
Range Fighting

Boxing Sharp Flat GSP!
Kickboxing Jarring 2 Half Hearted  GSP! 
Wrestling Shot Brilliant Excellent GSP
Clinch Fighting        
Dirty Boxing Good So-So  GSP
 Thai Clinch Strong 1 Ok GSP
 Throws/Trips Very Good 1 Solid GSP
 Ground Fighting

 Positional Control Excellent 1 Even Better Shields
 Top Game Dominating 1 Methodical Tie
 Bottom Game Very Good 1 Very Good Tie
 Submissions Very Good 1 Excellent Shields
Overall P4P Best  8/2 Contender GSP


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