Saturday, April 30th, UFC 129 is a history making MMA event. UFC officials worked very hard to get Mixed Martial Arts sanctioned in Ontario. Now that it is, they’re holding their very first event in Toronto. The Rogers Centre opened up 55,000 seats which sold out in minutes. The event features a stacked card with two championship matches and a UFC fan expo leading up to the fights. Needless to say, the Toronto economy will be booming the weekend of April 30th.
The main event features Canada’s crown jewel of MMA, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, who’ll be putting up the UFC Welterweight Championship against former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Jake Shields. GSP is the prototype of what a fighter should be: great at all aspects, boxing, kick boxing, wrestling, jiu jitsu. No one in the game today can mix and transition from all those fighting styles as effortlessly as he can. His opponent, Jake Shields has not lost since December 14th, 2004, winning his last 15 fights. He is a Cesar Gracie trained fighter and the most dangerous jiu jitsu black belt GSP has ever face. This will be GSP’s last fight as welterweight champion. Not because Jake Shields will beat him. GSP’s game planning and skills will be too much for the former Strikeforce champion. Shields will lose, and GSP will move up to the middleweight division to face champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva in a super fight.
The Co-Main Event is the other championship fight. Jose Aldo is the first ever UFC Featherweight Champion. He buzz-sawed through all 145 lbs fighters in the WEC before the merger with the UFC. Aldo finds his name right up there with GSP when people talk about the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. The challenger is Canadian Mark Hominick. A dangerous and accurate striker, who’s found success now that he’s mastered his submission game too. I think this fight will be the most exciting one on the card, but I don’t see the title changing hands here.
Here are my full predictions.
Main Card: St. Pierre over Shields via TKO in Round 4; Aldo over Hominick via TKO in Round 3; Brilz over Matyushenko via Unanimous Decision; Machida over Couture via TKO Round 3; Henderson over Bocek via Unanimous Decision.
Preliminary Card (Airing on Spike TV): MacDonald over Diaz via Unanimous Decision; Ellenberger over Pierson via Unanimous Decision.
Preliminary Card: Patrick over Roberts via Split Decision; Valencia over Menjivar via TKO Round 1; MacDonald over Jensen via submission Round 2; Garza over Jabouin via TKO Round 1.
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