Completed MMA Bout

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields

Main Event | UFC Welterweight Championship | 170 lbs

Georges St. Pierre defeats Jake Shields via 5 Round Decision

Georges "Rush" St. Pierre
Jake Shields

St. Pierre
Round 5

21-2-0   Pro Record At Fight   26-4-1
Climbed to 22-2   Record After Fight   Fell to 26-5
-500 (Heavy Favorite)   Betting Odds   +350 (Moderate Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Canada   Nationality   United States
Montreal, Quebec, Canada   Fighting out of   San Francisco, California
29 years, 11 months, 1 week, 4 days   Age at Fight   32 years, 3 months, 3 weeks
169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs)
5'11" (180cm)   Height   6'0" (183cm)
76.0" (193cm)   Reach   72.0" (183cm)
Tristar Gym   Gym   Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu
UFC 129
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
  • Date: Saturday 04.30.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: Rogers Centre
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 12 of 12)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • St. Pierre Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Shields Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Title on Line: UFC Welterweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by St. Pierre
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St. Pierre vs. Shields Wiki Update Wiki

The UFC's otherwise-extraordinary 129 show from the Rogers Center in Toronto ended on a flat note when Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields fought to an uneventful 5 round decision. While St-Pierre once again demonstrated his ability to outclass the world's best 170 pounders without placing himself in significant danger, his fourth straight victory without a stoppage failed to ignite the largest live audience in the promotion's history.

Widely considered the game's premier strategist, St-Pierre once again had fans wondering how he would elect to engage with Shields, the BJJ-oriented specialist with a significant standup disadvantage. The answer proved straightforward as St-Pierre kept the fight on the feet, peppering Shields with a stiff jab out of the gate and offering no surprises or misdirection. The first two rounds settled into Shields taking the worse of cautious exchanges. St-Pierre would land and dart away as Shields looked increasingly unsure of how to proceed.

The prospect of a finish looked promising for St-Pierre until a solid jab from Shields to the left eye of St-Pierre damaged the champion's eyeball, obscuring his vision and changing the course of the fight. Wholly unable to see out of his left eye, St-Pierre withdrew into a shell for the remaining three rounds. He informed his corner of the damage and head trainer Greg Jackson instructed him to simply fight on. With his depth perception impaired, St-Pierre turned cautious in his strikes. He also began mixing in takedowns to keep Shields at bay, proving in the process that he could take the former Strikeforce champion down at will but had elected not to. But Shields began to have real success on the injured champion. He continued to take worse than he gave, but was landing jabs of his own that were doing damage.

By midway through the fourth both men were bloodied, Shields from the nose and mouth and St-Pierre from the bridge of his nose. The action, however, was failing to boil over as Shields refused to press and GSP refused to endanger himself for a finish. The crowd grew restless as the fifth played out in similar fashion, with Shields having perhaps his best round of the fight on a champion that had clearly decided to play it safe and retain his title for another day.

The scores were read out as 50-45, 48-47 and 48-47 for the reigning champion, Georges St-Pierre, who apologized for his failure to finish yet again to a sympathetic home crowd. While the 50-45 scorecard saw it otherwise, the majority scorecards snapped GSP's extraordinary streak of 30 straight rounds won in a row, giving the challenger from team Cesar Gracie not one, but two rounds on the night and something of a moral victory. Unfortunately for Shields, he failed to take the sort of significant risks on the night that would get the champion down to the canvas, where Shields could use his best weapons to try to finish.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:27 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Promo Video  |  UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Shields Episode 1 report dead link

    Episode 1 of the UFC's multi-part promotional video for the Main Event of UFC 129, GSP vs. Jake Shields.

St. Pierre vs. Shields Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

Last night in SB and I'm bartending at EOS Lounge for Cinco de Mayo. Dont order anything too fancy lol #fb
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Last night was fun. Big thx to guys at Sandbar. Now it's time for butterfly beach. See you there #fb
3 days, 22 hours, and 56 minutes
Headed down to Santa Barbara with @mikerays for a couple days to kick back on the beach. Nice day here in CA #fb
2 days, 23 hours, and 52 minutes
Bobs Doughnuts eating competition we go #fb
2 days, 11 hours, and 51 minutes
I am so lucky my BJJ instructor Bruno Fernandes is an ophtamologist!!! I'll be in good hands!!!
22 hours and 52 minutes
Hey guys just want to say that I am ok. I'll need to see a doctor in the next days! Yesterday I was told it was not a retina problem
22 hours and 51 minutes
Thanks for your support!!
11 hours and 19 minutes
Hey everybody, leaving the hospital soon, just finished all my eye tests, I still don't see anything from my left eye but I'll be find
11 hours and 19 minutes
It's time.
7 hours and 27 minutes
Two more fights! #UFC129 #TEAMGSP
6 hours and 11 minutes
5 hours and 44 minutes
Who's watching #UFC129 tonight? #FIGHTNIGHT
2 hours and 55 minutes
Pour mes fans au Québec, voyez UFC 129 en direct sur INDIGO dès 21h, positions 301 ou 750 HD sur Vidéotron. Commandez-le maintenant!
4 hours and 25 minutes
Goodnight guys! Bonne nuit tout le monde!! See you all tomorrow!
14 hours and 53 minutes
COUNTING DOWN THE HOURS!!! Thank you to ALL my trainers, @getrip60 & @GSPRUSHFIT for preparing me for tomorrow!
19 hours and 2 minutes
Ready for tomorrow... are you?!
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I'm in Toronto the fans up here are MMA crazy, can't wait until Saturday night. #fb
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#FIGHTWEEK HOOKUP: my FREE mobile app is now available for Android.
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Going to the press conference! See you there!!
3 days, 4 hours, and 3 minutes
Getting my SUIT on for pre and post #UFC129 interviews with GOTSTYLE in Toronto.
3 days, 5 hours, and 34 minutes
Heading to Toronto for #UFC129!!!
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I'll post videos later today of my day yesterday
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I got tailored suit yesterday to help me look good. Thanks to GOTSTYLE. If you're in Toronto go see them at
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I am now relaxing in my room. All the paperwork is done. Can't wait!!!!
4 days and 43 minutes
#FIGHTWEEK shout out! #4days.
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All my Bay Area friends and fans are meeting at Parlor SF on Sat to watch the fights so head there! #fb
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All my Bay Area friends and fans are meeting at Parlor SF on Sat to watch the fights so head there!
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Hello Toronto!! Just got in!!! See you all Saturday. I'll post some videos later
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Leaving for the fight in the morning, thanks to all my friends and supporters. #fb
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Want to thank the sponsors who helped with my fight camp:@1800radiator, @mgrconstruction, @solarsolutions, @philzcoffee. #fb
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#GEARCONTEST! Win A Signed GI, Signed Leather Jacket, $500 Store Credit From @AFFLICTION1!
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Clip from one of my circuits... #5DAYS
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Shout out 4 #FIGHTWEEK!
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It's Easter Sunday.. 6 days left. #FIGHTWEEK
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Grappling with John Danaher! Counting down the final days..are you? #1WEEKOUT
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In the ring with Firas! #1WEEKOUT
1 week, 3 hours, and 54 minutes
For the ladies... your t-shirts are in stock again.
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Go to to vote for who you think will win the GSP vs. Shields fight. #fb
1 week, 1 day, and 45 seconds
All in.. Last weekend before 129. #8DAYS
1 week, 1 day, 5 hours, and 35 minutes
Impress your iPhone. Download my FREE mobile app! #GSPMOBILE
1 week, 1 day, 19 hours, and 20 minutes
Online store is back open. #GSPFIGHTCLUB
1 week, 2 days, and 33 minutes
Big thanks to Phil Davis for coming up to help me workout in my last week of hard training. #fb
1 week, 2 days, and 35 minutes
9 days.. #nopainnogain
1 week, 2 days, 5 hours, and 36 minutes
Subscribe for exclusive training videos - #ETS
1 week, 2 days, 13 hours, and 49 minutes
The second segment of PrimeTime is on tonight at Midnight on Spike, and re-runs throughout the week on Spike, Versus and Fuel TV. #fb
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