“GSP is a phenomenal fighter that doesn’t have a lot of holes but I think someone with my jiu-jitsu style and wrestling background… American Jiu-Jitsu is going to make sure I’m the guy that beats him. It’s going to be a hell of a fight but I see myself catching him at some point and becoming the new champion. The UFC belt is always something I’ve had my eye on. All of these other titles meant a lot to me and they were great but the title I’ve always set out to accomplish is the UFC belt. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I plan on going out there, making the most of it and getting that belt… A Silva vs. Shields super fight sounds a lot better to me. I plan on going in there and spoiling the GSP vs. Anderson matchup and stealing the fight from him.”

—Jake Shields telling Bloody Elbow he’s going to spoil the Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre super fight

Everyone wants to talk about the Silva-GSP super fight that’s halfway confirmed for later this year, but the truth is Jake Shields has proven to be a formidable contender. I don’t expect him to beat GSP, but I didn’t think he’d beat Robbie Lawler, Dan Henderson or Martin Kampmann either. In other words, I’ve learned not to count him out, and so has St. Pierre. Despite all the talk about Anderson Silva, GSP told reporters and fans at a UFC 129 press conference today that he’s not taking his eye off the ball even if everybody else is.

“I don’t even think about this (Silva fight) right now,” the UFC welterweight champ St-Pierre said. “I never thought about it, I always live in the present moment. My biggest problem is Jake Shields and it would be foolish for me to look past Jake Shields. He poses the biggest threat to my title.”

For those of you planning to attend UFC 129 in Toronto but don’t have the cash to spring for lower level seats, Dana White promises they’re working hard to ensure fans in the nosebleeds will still get the same live-event experience the UFC has grown its business on.

“Nobody was more worried about that than me – believe me. I’ve said for years that I don’t know about doing stadiums. What I think has helped the UFC get as big as it has is the live-event experience. And the last guy on earth that wants to ruin that for anybody is me… I never want the fans to not only turn off their television and say, ‘That sucked,’ I don’t want the fans to walk away who bought tickets to have a bad experience either. I’m actually pumped for the experience we’re planning for you guys here in Toronto. We’re going to do things in this arena that we’ve never done in any arena, ever before. People worrying the experience isn’t going to be the same – it’s not. It’s going to be better. We’re taking it to a whole other level, and I’m really excited about it.”

UFC Canada’s Tom Wright says they plan on having eight giant video screens for fans in the top levels. With tickets starting at $50, the price of the pay-per-view, that sounds like a pretty good deal.

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