With Jose Aldo vs. Mark Homicnk and Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida already set for the main card of “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields,” the UFC has finalized the full fight card by adding a preliminary bout between welterweights Nate Diaz and Rory MacDonald.
UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre will defend his title against Jake Shields in the UFC 129 main event on April 30 in Toronto.
In 1997, Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland and Randy Couture were teammates on the U.S. World Greco Roman Wrestling Team–it was the only time that these decorated amateur wrestlers, whom collectively own a treasure chest of Olympic, World and National medals, shared spots on the same World Team. It would prove to be an important year in mixed martial arts history, as it marked the debut of each of the three men in that sport.
In 2002, while training in the back of a car lot, the longtime training partners founded the Team Quest Fight Club, based in Gresham, Oregon. Since that time, Dan, Matt and Randy have been ranked among the world’s best, distinguishing themselves in organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pride Fighting Championships, RINGS and more.
Lindland, an Olympic and World silver medalist, remains at the original site in Portland, while Henderson, a two-time Olympian, operates Team Quest MMA Fitness in Murrieta, California. Couture has since left Team Quest to pursue independent business ventures.
Under the tutelage of Henderson and Lindland, the Team Quest Fight Club has grown to encompass over 40 elite athletes.
UFC President Dana White announced Saturday (via Yahoo! Sports) that Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his title as expected against Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto on April 30.
With the recent news that Randy Couture will potentially return to fight Lyoto Machida at the same event, it’s now expected that this show will be the biggest in UFC history.
“GSP” will come into this match-up having run through nearly every challenger at 170-pounds matchmaker Joe Silva could possibly offer him. In fact, Shields just might be the only one left.
Shields entered the UFC as the reigning Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and riding a 14 fight winning streak. He was matched up against top contender Martin Kampmann and although he struggled with a bad weight cut, walked away with a split decision win.
A win for “GSP” may necessitate a jump up to middleweight for the champion but it also may mean a jump up in weight for Shields.
UFC 129 will also feature a light-heavyweight showdown between Randy Couture and Lyoto Machida.
Shields, a talented BJJ fighter, needs to get this fight to the ground to try and win — even there, it’ll be difficult to try and lock in a submission. Against GSP, the No. 1 welterweight and one of the best pound-for-pound top fighters, trying to get a takedown will be an extremely difficult task.
Shields won his UFC debut in 2010 when he picked up a split-decision win against Martin Kampmann at UFC 121. The fans voiced their displeasure after the disappointing performance, and a tough weight cut was blamed for the cardio problems. (Shields previously was fighting at middleweight during his remaining fights in Strikeforce.)
GSP last picked apart Josh Koscheck (again) to take a unanimous decision victory in the UFC 124 main event.
The first few days of the new year bring me such unmitigated joy.
Every simple act is a milestone, the first time in the new year, every action the first few days of January is cause for celebration. It’s great, I lost my car keys at the new year’s celebration I attended but it didn’t matter, this was the first time I lost my keys in 2011 and it was a moment to remember. I will lose my car keys an estimated 162 times this year, and that is not an exaggeration. That might be an understatement, but you can only lose them the first time in a calender year once.
With that said, I guess it’s time to talk about the biggest rumor of 2011 in the potential matchup of Couture and Machida at UFC 129 in Toronto. MMAFighting was on the scene at UFC 125 and omni-present as usual, here is what they heard:
“MMA Fighting has learned that Couture and Lyoto Machida have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 129 on April 30 in Toronto. However, another UFC source states that this fight has been discussed, but it’s “not even close” to being finalized as of yet. When asked by MMAFighting at UFC 125 if the fight with Machida was a possibility, Couture stated that he had not signed a contract, but had verbally agreed to face Machida in 2011.”
We’re finally in 2011. Maybe this is the year we can write an article involving Lyoto Machida without mentioning his urine drinking habit. Ah wait, damn. Fail. [Source]