Jake Shields expects GSP to win over Johny Hendricks
Jake Shields expects GSP to win against Johny Hendricks, he also said that he would love to get another shot at the champion
Former welterweight contender Jake Shields knows what it’s like is to face George St-Pierre in the octagon. He was soundly beaten by the welterweight champion in their uneventful matchup in 2011. It was considered as an off night for GSP but he failed to take advantage and lost a lopsided decision.
Shields believes that Johny Hendricks will suffer the same fate once the current no.1 contender and GSP faces each other in the main event of UFC 167.
“St-Pierre vs. Hendricks is a good fight, I think it’s a really exciting fight and one I want to watch. But ultimately, I think ‘GSP’ is so good at what he does. He’s such a smart fighter.” I think ‘GSP’ will end up using his distance, range – his standup – and end up taking Hendricks down and wearing him down and winning a tough fight,” Shields said.
He also said that he would love a shot at the champion again.
“I think ‘GSP’ is one of the greatest of all time; he’s arguably the greatest of all-time,” Shields said. “He always looks great, every fight, so to go out there and beat the guy? That’s the guy I’ve wanted to fight for years. I fought him, and unfortunately I fell short. I would love to get another opportunity to fight him.”
But before a talk of a rematch with GSP begins, he will have to face a tough assignment in Demian Maia. The two are set to lock horns this Wednesday in the headline bout of UFC Fight Night 29. A win over Maia would not likely put him into title contention but it is considered as an important fight for the division. Dana White himself said that the better man between the two will be “in a good position in the division”.
Shields also stated that he understands the importance of the upcoming fight and that a win would put him a step closer into another title shot.
“I want to fight for the title again,” he said. “That’s why I’m fighting. This is a big fight, and you never really know where you’re at, but this would put me a lot closer.”
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