2011 7 Feb
Jake Shields

Jake Shields has cut to welterweight to begin his UFC career

Now that Anderson Silva has knocked out Vitor Belfort in spectacular fashion at UFC 126: “Silva vs. Belfort” last Saturday night (Feb. 5) in Las Vegas, everyone is ready for an Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre superfight.

Everyone except UFC welterweight number one contender Jake Shields.

The former Elite XC and Strikeforce champion today told MMA Weekly that he intends on spoiling those plans by defeating “Rush” at UFC 129 and perhaps cementing himself as the most hated fighter in UFC history.

But let’s not forget that Shields also expressed an interest in testing himself against “The Spider,” and that he spent the last couple of years as the 185-pound kingpin for the boys in San Jose.

Could “Silva vs. St. Pierre” become “Silva vs. Shields?”

After sucking wind for most of his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann at UFC 121 last October, it may be hard to sell Shields as a credible threat to Silva’s reign of terror.

But finishing GSP on April 30 in Toronto would be a damn good start.

While he competed as a middleweight in Strikeforce, Shields is a natural 170-pound competitor and has the flexibility to move between weight classes depending on what opportunities present themselves.

For now, he’ll concentrate on his longtime goal of facing — and defeating — St. Pierre.

If he gets it done, do you have any desire to see him take on what is perhaps the most unstoppable force in mixed martial arts?

Or does he have an obligation to first defend his strap against the winner of Jon Fitch vs. BJ Penn at UFC 127 in Sydney?

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