Heading into the UFC 167 headliner between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks, the pre-fight buzz says the latter has the perfect skill set to end the welterweight champ’s historic reign. Since Hendricks has top tier wrestling skills, the argument is that GSP won’t be able to get the fight to the floor, and will have to face “Bigg Rigg’s” body dropping power. As a result, the theory goes, St. Pierre could be in for a world of trouble.
Despite Hendricks’ impressive run and abilities, St. Pierre remains the favourite heading into the bout, and one fighter who agrees with that assessment is Jake Shields. While talking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here’s what the former contender had to say about GSP-Hendricks, and why the champ will extend his title defense record to 9.
“St-Pierre vs. Hendricks is a good fight,” Shields said. “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.”
Of course, Shields offers an informed opinion, as not only is he a decorated fighter but he fought GSP in 2011 (and lost by UD). It’s going to be interesting to see if GSP can in fact take Hendricks down. He has outwrestled other noted wrestlers in the past.
Up next for Shields is Demian Maia, who he’ll fight in the UFC FN 29 headliner this Wednesday. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news.