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Thread: Shields predicts St-Pierre over Hendricks, hopes to work back to 'GSP' rematch

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    Default Shields predicts St-Pierre over Hendricks, hopes to work back to 'GSP' rematch

    "St-Pierre vs. Hendricks is a good fight," Shields told "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."

    Shields, of course, fought St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 129, the record-setting UFC event that featured a crowd of more than 55,000 fans at Toronto's Rogers Centre. While St-Pierre didn't necessarily have his best night, Shields couldn't capitalize and wound up losing by unanimous decision.

    St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) has since earned wins over Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit and is now scheduled to meet Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) in the main event of UFC 167, which takes place on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas. Hendricks boasts the best wrestling credentials of any opponent St-Pierre has ever faced, and he's also capable of dropping anyone in the division with his powerful boxing attacks.

    It's a combination of skills many believe will prove to be St-Pierre's undoing, but Shields doesn't see it that way.

    "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.

    That suits Shields just fine, as he'd love to one day book a rematch with the Canadian champ.

    "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."

    First up, of course, is a key bout with Demian Maia (18-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) in the main event of Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 29 event in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    A win isn't likely to earn Shields another shot at St-Pierre, especially with key matchups like Condit vs. Matt Brown and Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler on the horizon. But an impressive win would go a long way toward again establishing Shields as a top contender, and no less than UFC President Dana White recently said that the winner of the bout would be "in a good position in that weight division."

    Shields understands the importance of the moment and what it means toward his ultimate goal.

    "I want to fight for the title again," Shields 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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    Never gonna happen.... his striking, even after all of these years, is still the shits.

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    UFC Fight Night 29 preview: 45 pre-fight facts for 'Maia vs. Shields' in Brazil


    Maia is undefeated (3-0) since dropping to the welterweight division.

    Maia's six UFC submission wins are tied with Chris Lytle and Cole Miller for third most in the modern era.

    Maia's four "Submission of the Night" bonuses are tied with Terry Etim for third most in UFC history. Only Nate Diaz and Joe Lauzon have earned more submission bonuses.

    Maia's 13 submission attempts in his UFC middleweight career are tied for third most in the division's history.

    Maia's five consecutive submission victories to start his UFC career are a modern-era record.

    Maia is 12-0 in UFC fights in which he lands at least one takedown.

    Shields' average fight time of 14:13 is the third longest in welterweight history behind Georges St-Pierre (15:10) and Carlos Condit (14:48).

    Shields has not been submitted in his 36-fight career.

    Shields' 280 total strikes landed against Dan Henderson in their 2010 Strikeforce bout are a single-fight record for the now-defunct organization. For comparison's sake, Chael Sonnen's 320 total strikes landed against Anderson Silva at UFC 117 is the single-fight UFC record.

    Shields has landed 40.3 percent of his significant strikes to the body, the second largest proportion in UFC history (minimum of 350 significant strike attempts). Fabio Maldonado, who also fights on the card, leads the category at 41.1 percent.

    Shields averages 11.4 takedown attempts per 15 minutes of fighting, the second highest rate in welterweight history (minimum of five UFC fights). Justin Edwards leads the category at 12.1 attempts. Shields has attempted six or more takedowns in each of his previous five fights that went to a decision.


    Erick Silva (15-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has finished his opponent by first-round knockout or submission in all three of his UFC victories.

    Silva owns the shortest average fight time of any active UFC fighter at 4:23.

    Silva averages 3.43 submission attempts per 15 minutes of fighting, the second highest average in welterweight history (minimum of five UFC fights). T.J. Waldburger leads the category with 6.36 attempts.

    Silva's last victory against Jason High at UFC on FUEL TV 10 was just the fourth fight in UFC history to feature zero strikes landed by either fighter.

    Dong Hyun Kim (17-2-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has earned seven of his eight UFC victories by decision. He has not finished an opponent since a knockout of Jason Tan in his octagon debut at UFC 84 in May 2008.

    Kim's 54.66 percent significant strike accuracy is the second best rate in welterweight history behind Matt Brown (56.67 percent). Kim absorbs just 1.42 strikes per minute, the sixth lowest rate in divisional history.

    Kim has controlled his opponents for 54.2 percent of his total fight time, the third largest proportion in welterweight history (minimum of five UFC fights).

    Kim's takedown defense rate of 80.6 percent is the third highest among active welterweights and fifth highest in the division's history (minimum of five UFC fights and 20 opponent attempts).


    Thiago Silva's (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) six total finishes in modern light heavyweight history ranks third behind only Chuck Liddell and Jon Jones. The Brazilian has finished his opponent in all of his UFC victories.

    Matt Hamill (11-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) can tie former 205-pound champion Lyoto Machida for the third most wins in light heavyweight history with his 11th UFC victory.

    Hamill's 28 completed takedowns in UFC competition are the third most in light heavyweight history behind Tito Ortiz (33) and Rashad Evans (49).

    Hamill's 857 total strikes landed in UFC competition are the second most among active light heavyweight fighters behind Jon Jones (878).

    Hamill's 70 significant ground strikes landed against Roger Hollett at UFC 152 are the fifth most ever landed in a single UFC bout.

    Silva and Hamill each own five UFC knockout victories, which is tied for the second most in light heavyweight history behind Liddell.

    Joey Beltran (14-8 MMA, 3-5 UFC) returns from a nine-month suspension due to a positive drug test that forced his UFC on FX 6 victory over Igor Pokrajac to be overturned into a no-contest.

    Beltran is winless in his past four UFC fights and is 1-5 with one no-contest in his last seven trips to the octagon.

    Beltran landed 206 total strikes against Pokrajac at UFC on FX 6, the third most ever landed by a light heavyweight in a single bout. Beltran landed 185 total strikes against Aaron Rosa at UFC 131, the third most by a heavyweight. "The Mexicutioner" is the only fighter in UFC history with a top-five striking total in two weight classes.

    Fabio Maldonado's (19-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) 63.45 percent significant strike accuracy is the best in light heavyweight history and the second highest percentage overall in UFC history behind Anderson Silva (67.45 percent).

    Maldonado's 5.7 strikes landed per minute are the second most in light heavyweight history behind Glover Teixeira (6.35).

    Raphael Assuncao (20-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and T.J. Dillashaw's (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streaks are the second longest in the bantamweight division behind interim champion Renan Barao.

    Assuncao and Dillashaw have defended all takedown attempts against them in the UFC.

    Assuncao is undefeated (4-0) since dropping to the UFC bantamweight division.

    Dillashaw has been controlled by his opponents for a total of three seconds, which is tied with Chris Weidman for the smallest amount of time in UFC history (minimum of five UFC fights). Right behind them is Assuncao, who has been controlled for just 10 seconds in the UFC.

    Dillashaw's 4.82 strikes landed per minute is the highest rate in UFC bantamweight history. His rate of 1.64 strikes absorbed per minute is the lowest rate in 135-pound history.

    Dillashaw's 3.18 strike differential rate is the third largest margin for any fighter in UFC history and largest margin in bantamweight history.

    Dillashaw's average fight time of 5:51 is the second shortest in bantamweight history behind John Albert (4:24).

    Dillashaw's 76 significant ground strikes landed against Walel Watson at UFC on FUEL TV 1 are the most ever by a fighter in a single UFC bout.

    Mike Pierce's (17-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak is the fourth longest in the welterweight division.

    Pierce's 10 slam takedowns are the third most in UFC history. One-third of his 30 UFC takedowns are slams, giving him the second highest slam rate in UFC history (minimum of 15 takedowns landed). Tyson Griffin and Nate Diaz are tied for the lead in the category with 40 percent of their takedowns coming via slam.

    Rousimar Palhares (14-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) will make his welterweight debut after competing in his first 19 career MMA bouts as a middleweight.

    Palhares' four leg lock submission wins are the most in UFC history, and the most in UFC/PRIDE/WEC/Strikeforce combined history. His 11 leg lock submission attempts are the most in UFC/PRIDE/WEC/Strikeforce history as well.

    Palhares' 45-second submission of Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 is the second fastest in middleweight history. Rory Singer's 44-second submission of Ross Pointon at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale leads the category.


    Yan Cabral (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will compete in his first MMA bout since a second-round submission of Kazushi Sakuraba in September 2011. Cabral has earned all 10 of his career victories by submission.

    Chris Cariaso (14-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) enters the event on the first two-fight losing streak of his career.

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