UFC 129 Live Stream: St-Pierre vs Shields
UFC 129 Live Stream: Georges St-Pierre will try to defend his welterweight title for the sixth time when he takes on former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields in the main event of UFC 129 on April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
St-Pierre has been virtually untouchable over the last three years, racking up eight-straight victories as he rose up to be considered arguably the best pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter of his time. However, the 29-year-old from Saint-Isidore, Quebec, could face his toughest opponent yet in Shields, an experienced and multiple weight-class champion in other organizations.
Although Shields would be making only his second fight in the octagon, his experience in title fights and against top-flight opponents is expected to come in handy on Saturday when he faces off with St-Pierre. Shields’ resume includes wins over Rob Lawler and Dan Henderson. The 32-year-old American even defeated top welterweights Carlos Condit and Yushin Okami in the same night back in 2006. The odds are leaning toward St-Pierre, with Shields expected to climb the octagon a 3-1 underdog.
However, if there is anyone who doesn’t believe the odds, it is St-Pierre himself, who clearly respects the capabilities of his opponent. “I’m fighting a much better guy, but I welcome the challenge…I consider Jake like a champion, too. He’s been a champion in many different organizations and different weight classes — something I’ve never done,” St-Pierre said. Shields, on the other hand, said that the opportunity to beat St-Pierre is something bigger than winning the UFC welterweight title. “Getting the UFC belt means a lot to me, but beating George St. Pierre means so much more…He’s the guy I wanna get the belt from,” Shields said.
Providing solid appetizers for the mouthwatering headliner are several matchups that could easily be main events in another night. In the main supporting fight, Jose Aldo, formerly of WEC, will defend his UFC featherweight belt against Mark Hominick. Also in the cards is the lightweight-heavyweight match between Vladimir Matyushenko and Jason Brilz, as well as the swan song of UFC hall of famer Randy Couture, who plans to retire after his match against Lyoto Machida.