On April 30th Jake Shields will finally get the chance to fufill a long-held ambition – not only to fight for the UFC’s welterweight title, but to have the chance to test his skills against pound-for-pound great Georges St.Pierre.
“I’ve been in these other shows and heard everyone say GSP is the greatest,” Shields says during his pre-fight interview for UFC.com. “When I was over in EliteXC beating everyone else, when I was in Strikeforce beating everyone else, at Rumble on the Rock and everyone kept on talking about GSP, I kept on winning and winning and beating good competition. I’ve been looking at this guy and wanting to fight him for years.”
It’s been a long time coming, but Shields, who’s picked up titles with EliteXC, Shooto and Strikeforce along the way, believes it’ll be worth the wait.
“To become the UFC welterweight champion would mean everything to me. This is what I’ve spent my last 11 years pursuing with all my energy. This is something I plan on doing April 30th.”
When he does finally walk into the Octagon with the champ he’ll do so iin front of a record breaking crowd of 55,000 fans, the vast majority of whom will be Canadian and supporting their hometown hero, GSP.
According to Shields that won’t be a problem.
“I’m just thinking about going out there and beating him. They can boo me or cheer me, but I’m going out there to beat GSP.”
Watch Shields full pre-fight interview below.