UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields

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Event: UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields

Date: April 30, 2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Venue: Rogers Centre
Broadcast: Pay-p

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The UFC 129 event will be the sixth that the UFC has hosted in Canada and the first in Ontario since mixed martial arts was legalized in the province in August 2010. The Toronto event was originally titled UFC 131 by the promotion, but later changed to UFC 129 as its early 2011 schedule started to fall more firmly into place.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields

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The UFC 129 fight card will be highlighted by Georges St-Pierre defending his welterweight title against Jake Shields at the Rogers Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Also, Jose Aldo, Randy Couture, Lyoto Machida and Ben Henderson will all get in on the action in what is being projected to be the biggest MMA event ever in North America.

Georges St. Pierre, the current UFC Welterweight champion, has completely dominated the division since winning back his title from Matt Serra in April 2008. He has title defenses against Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy and most recently Josh Koscheck have looked like a walk in the park for the machine known as “GSP.”

While St-Pierre is one of the established faces of the UFC, Shields brings an impressive résumé of his own into the Toronto fight. Shields has spent much of his recent career fighting at 185 pounds, but he has won 15 straight fights dating back to his last loss in December 2004.

The streak includes wins over a plethora of the world’s top fighters including Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Paul Daley, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Robbie Lawler and Dan Henderson. He also won his UFC debut over consensus top-10 welterweight Martin Kampmann in October 2010, albeit in less than spectacular fashion.

Even given Shields’ impressive track record, George St. Pierre remains a massive betting favorite (-600) for the fight. Simply put, odds-makers have determined that St. Pierre is so dominant that even against the man who may be the second best welterweight in the world; he is still a six-to-one favorite.

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Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick

Aldo owns a practically perfect 18-1 record with 14 devastating finishes. Coming off a big win over Manny Gamburyan also back in September, but was recently forced out of his UFC debut at UFC 125 with a compact vertebrae. The world’s nastiest 145-pounder will be riding a 11-fight winning streak into their UFC 129 affair.

Mark Hominick took all of 88 seconds to dispose of George Roop at “UFC Fight for the Troops 2.” The Canadian took out the crowd favorite with some crisp striking, dazing his former teammate on multiple occasions before eventually ending things. Hominick (19-8) upped his winning streak to four-straight after taking out Leonard Garcia in September and holds other notable wins over Yves Edwards, Jorge Gurgel, and Danny Martinez.

Aldo (18-1) is coming off a big win over Manny Gamburyan also back in September, but was recently forced out of his UFC debut at UFC 125 with a compact vertebrae.

Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida

We all know that Couture is no ordinary pops. Nope. He’s a lean, mean, evergreen, far-from-his-teens fighting machine. Couture is on a three-fight winning streak against boxing legend James “Lights Out” Toney, UFC Hall of Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, and Brandon “The Truth” Vera, who himself was on a two-fight winning streak at the time. Couture may be nearing his 50s and he may be crazy enough even to challenge Shogun to a standard three-rounder, but he’s still the same Master Strategist he always was and Machida has to play the role of counter-strategist in Toronto.

Lyoto Machida is coming off back-to-back losses which include his rematch with Maurico “Shogun” Rua, where he lost his UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship, and fellow former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who was coming off a loss to current #1 contender “Sugar” Rashad Evans.

UFC 129 Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):

* Champ Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields

UFC Welterweight Championship

* Champ Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick

UFC Featherweight Championship

* Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida
* Phil Davis vs. Jason Brilz*
* Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Rory MacDonald vs. Nate Diaz
* Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson
* Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
* Daniel Roberts vs. Claude Patrick
* Charlie Valencia vs. Ivan Menjivar
* Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
* John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson

UFC 129 Results

Preliminary Bouts:

Pablo Garza Defeated Yves Jabouin via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:31 in the 1stRound

John Makdessi Defeated Kyle Watson via KO (Punch) at 1:27 in the 3rdRound

Jason MacDonald Defeated Ryan Jensen via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:37 in the 1stRound

Ivan Menjivar Defeated Charlie Valencia via TKO (Strikes) at 1:30 in the 1stRound

Claude Patrick Defeated Daniel Roberts via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All Three Judges)

Jake Ellenberger Defeated Sean Pierson via KO (Punch) at 2:42 in the 1stRound

Rory MacDonald Defeated Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)

Main Bouts:

Ben Henderson Defeated Mark Bocek via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)

Vladimir Matyushenko Defeated Jason Brilz via KO (Punches) at :20 in the 1stRound

Lyoto Machida Defeated  Randy Couture via KO (Front Kick) at 1:09 in the 2ndRound

Jose Aldo Defeated Mark Hominick via Unanimous Decision (48-45, 48-46, 49-46) (Aldo Retains UFC Featherweight Title)

Georges St-Pierre Defeated Jake Shields via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47) (St-Pierre Retains UFC Welterweight Title)

Fight of the Night:

Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick ($129,000/each)

Submission of the Night:

Pablo Garza ($129,000)

Knockout of the Night:

Lyoto Machida ($129,000)

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