UFC 129:St-Pierre vs Shields is an upcoming mixed martial arts event that is scheduled to take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario on April 30, 2011.
Main Event: Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields
At this point in his career it appears that Georges St-Pierre is about as close as it comes to unstoppable. He has successfully defended the welterweight title seven straight times and has dominated each of his opponents along the way. “Rush” hasn’t lost a round on the judges score cards since his perhaps his TKO loss to Matt Serra back in 2007. Add all of this and the fact that this fight will be in front of a record crowd in Canada and it could spell disaster for the challenger.
Jake Shields has a lot to prove in this upcoming fight. After a controversial decision win over Martin Kampmann, many fans felt he wasn’t deserving of a title shot. However, here he is on the biggest stage of his career. Shields is more than capable of pulling off the upset here. He is riding a 15 fight win streak in which he has beaten Dan Henderson, Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley, Carlos Condit, and Yushin Okami. Bottom line is that he is the real deal and GSP will have his hands full throughout.
Prediction: As a GSP fan it pains me to say this but I see this fight going the distance, yet again, in a long hard fought wrestling battle. While Shields is a decorated wrestler, GSP will prove to be too much to handle and easily win via unanimous decision. Hopefully GSP finally gets to finish an opponent but with these two strong wrestlers I don’t see it happening.
Co-Main Event: Jose Aldo vs. Mark Horminick
Aldo is by far the most dangerous fighter to enter the UFC following their merger with the WEC. With a record of (18-1) its easy to see why some expects consider him to be the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. He dominated all of his opponents in the WEC featherweight division before the merger with the UFC.
On the other hand, Mark “The Machine” Horminick has rattled off five straight victories including wins over George Roop and Lenard Garcia. However, he has never fought anyone of Aldo’s caliber. Fighting behind a Canadian crowd should provide an extra adrenaline boost for the fight. Aldo should be prepared for an extremely talented and motivated Horminick come April 29th.
Prediction: This war has fight of the night written all over it. These are two evenly matched opponents who know how to put on an entertaining fight. Despite the home town crowd, I see Jose Aldo pulling off the victory and successfully defending the UFC featherweight title by TKO in 2nd round.
Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida
If ever there was a must win situation for a fighter, now is that time for Machida. Coming off the loss of the light heavyweight title to Shogun Rua followed by a lackluster defeat to Rampage Jackson, Machida might be wearing out his welcome in the UFC. Dana white has already made it clear the “The Dragon” needs to win this fight. It will be interesting to see if Machida can get his career back on track by defeating fan favorite and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.
It seems like every time Randy Couture steps in the Octagon there are questions about his age and whether he should still be fighting at this level. Well time and time again, Couture has proved that age is simply a number. Just ask his recent opponents James Toney, Mark Coleman and Brandon Vera. Also, Couture has asked for this fight for quite some time. Well finally his wish as been granted, let’s see if he’s up for the challenge. There is no denying that Machida is much more talented than any of “The Natural’s” recent opponents.
Prediction: Machida will prove to be elusive and dominant in this one. I see Machida winning this fight via 2nd Round TKO. That being said, if Couture can somehow get a hold of Machida anything could happen. This fight is almost too close to call.
Other notable fights on the card include: Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jason Brilz, Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson, Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald