Undefeated in 15 fights, this Saturday night in Toronto, Canada, Jake Shields will enter the greatest challenge of his career: he will challenge Georges Saint-Pierre for the welterweight belt at UFC 129.
To the vast majority – especially because he will be fighting at home –, GSP is the heavy favorite. However, at the other end of the octagon there will be a Shields with all it takes to beat his opponent and silence the 55 thousand fans in Toronto.
A tricky mission, but not impossible.
Check out some of the statements made by the fighter:
“I’m already mentally strong, my thoughts are on going there and taking the belt. I’m really not worried about the mental battle: I think GSP will know what is in store, and I’m really not much of a provoker. It’s not my stile.”
“It (the win over Dan Henderson) helped me a lot with my confidence. I believed in me before, but to go out there and show that I can take down an Olympic-level wrestler who is also a great fighter proved that I can take anyone down, and I intend to do the same with GSP. People say I don’t have what it takes to take him down, but I’m used to people underestimating me.”
“I’ve never been submitted before in a fight and I don’t intend to be. Nothing can’t be done, but it’s highly unlikely. I’ll give my all on the ground and not worry about getting submitted. Of course, I may make a mistake and get caught, but I don’t intend for that to happen.”
“I feel it gives me a great advantage. I’ve probably had as many title fights as he has, I’ve fought five rounds a number of times. Of course the UFC is the biggest show, which makes it a bit different, but overall, I’ve been there before.”
“I want to be remembered as the best that ever lived. I’ve made my name, but I’m not happy yet. I want people in twenty years to look back and remember me.”