Tomorrow night the UFC arrives in Toronto, Quebec, Canada for the very first time and the world’s premier MMA organization certainly isn’t holding anything back in its inaugural visit. UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields will present a record breaking sold out crowd of over 55,000 fans with a card built on the backs of some of the most talented and accomplished fighters on the UFC roster. In his UFC debut “Smooth” Ben Henderson (11-2), the former WEC lightweight champ, squares off against the native Torontonian Mark Bocek (9-3) before 14-year MMA veteran “The Janitor” Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5) takes on fellow wrestler “The Hitman” Jason Brilz (18-3-1). The card only grows more prestigious from there as UFC Hall of Famer “The Natural” Randy Couture (19-10) fights what he claims will be his final battle against fellow former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (16-2) and the explosive “Junior” Jose Aldo (17-1) makes the first defense of the UFC Featherweight Championship against Canadian kickboxing ace “The Machine” Mark Hominick (19-7). With such a stacked card preceding it, there are only a handful of fights that could even hope to headline it and the UFC hasn’t failed to find just such a bout. The main event sees the UFC Welterweight Champion and arguably the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (21-2) will face a man who hasn’t tasted defeat in over six years, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields (26-4-1). While many fights are fueled by a lot of hype, this match is one that actually has the potential to live up to it.
Tomorrow night the UFC comes tearing into Canada with its inaugural event in Toronto, Ontario in the form of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields. The card is piled high with some of the most prominent names in mixed martial arts, the main card including the likes of reigning welterweight champ “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (21-2), title challenger Jake Shields (26-4-1), newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champ “Junior” Jose Aldo (17-1), top 145lbs. contender Mark Hominick (19-7), seasoned veteran “The Janitor” Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5), NCAA Div. II wrestler Jason Brilz (18-3-1), UFC Hall of Famer “The Natural” Randy Couture (19-10), former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (16-2), hometown fighter Mark Bocek (9-3), and former WEC superstar “Smooth” Ben Henderson (11-2). With a slew of big name fighters in combination with the implications rendered by some of the card’s match-ups, UFC 129 has all the potential to be one of the best efforts put forth by the promotion in 2011. Here’s how the staff of MMA Gospel predicts the main card to unfold.
In front of a sold out crowd of 55,000, ten men plan to make the Octagon their stomping ground as UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the main event, welterweight champion “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (21-2) puts his title on the line against former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields (26-4-1) who is currently on a six-year, 15-fight winning streak. “The Natural” Randy Couture (19-10) hopes to end his seasoned career with a superb performance when he challenges former light heavyweight champ “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (16-2). In another 205lbs. affair, goliaths “The Janitor” Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5) and “The Hitman” Jason Brilz (18-3-1) step into the cage, and former WEC 155lbs. king “Smooth” Ben Henderson (11-2) makes his UFC debut against Jiu-Jitsu stand-out Mark Bocek (9-3). In the co-main event, the hometown favorite “The Machine” Mark Hominick (19-7) welcomes “Junior” José Aldo (17-1) with every intention of taking his newly acquired UFC featherweight title. While both Hominick and Aldo have the ability to bring fights to a screeching halt, putting a championship up for grabs guarantees that both men will go tooth-and-nail to ensure that title goes home with them.