UFC 129 Fight Card Primer: Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields

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UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (21-2, 15-2 UFC) defends his title against Jake Shields (26-4-1, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 129. This is the main event of the pay-per-view broadcast.  For more information on how to watch the Pay Per View read: How to Watch 'UFC 129: St. Pierre vs Shields' Live Online and On Television.

How do these two stack up?

St. Pierre: 29 years old | 6'0" | 76" reach
Shields: 32 years old | 6'0" | 72" reach

What have these two done lately?

St. Pierre: W - Josh Koscheck (UD) | W - Dan Hardy (UD) | W - Thiago Alves (UD)
Shields: W - Martin Kampmann (SD) | W - Dan Henderson (UD) | W - Jason Miller (UD)

How did these two get here?

Georges St. Pierre defeated Ivan Menjivar by TKO in his debut all the way back in January of 2002. After defeating Karo Parisyan and Jay Hieron in the UFC, St. Pierre lost in his first bid for the welterweight title when Matt Hughes submitted him with an armbar at UFC 50. He came back to win five straight, and proceeded to win the title from Hughes two years later at UFC 65. In a stunning upset, TUF 4 winner Matt Serra stopped St. Pierre at UFC 69. After winning a decision over Josh Koscheck at UFC 74 and finishing Hughes in a rubber match at UFC 79, St. Pierre won his title back from Serra at UFC 83 in front of a hometown crowd in Montreal, Quebec. St. Pierre has defended the belt five times, including a one-sided decision over Josh Koscheck in his last fight at UFC 124.

Jake Shields had a less prodigious start to his career. Through 16 fights, Shields compiled an 11-4-1 record, and lost the Shooto middleweight title to Akira Kikuchi in December of 2004. That would be Shields last loss to date. His list of vanquished opposition includes Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Mike Pyle, Nick Thompson, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Jason Miller, and Dan Henderson. He collected the EliteXC welterweight and Strikeforce middleweight title during his win streak. Shields made his UFC debut at UFC 121, taking a close decision over Martin Kampmann.

Why should you watch?

Georges St. Pierre is the number 1 or 1A pound-for-pound fighter in the world. No matter how credible of an opponent you believe Jake Shields to be, St. Pierre fights should not be missed.

Bloody Elbow has done a number of features on the technical abilities of both GSP and Shields. Please see: The American Jiu Jitsu of Jake Shields: Part 1 I  Part 2 I  Part 3 and GSP and the Superman PunchGSP's Chain of Takedowns and GSP and the and the Spinning Back Kick.

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