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Jake Shields and Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129

On the latest episode of "Ultimate Insider" on its website, UFC confirmed what we all believed would happen.

Georges St-Pierre will defend his welterweight title against Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto on April 30. It's the first time UFC will go to Toronto. Expect at least 30,000 fans inside the Rogers Centre (aka Sky Dome) in one of the last MMA-frenzied cities to legislate the sport. (New York, of course, still remains the biggest market in North America where MMA is illegal.)

Rumored to co-headline what could be the biggest crowd to witness a UFC event -- until the sport's largest promotion goes to Dallas and the Cowboys' new stadium -- is Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture.

Beyond the debut of MMA in Toronto, the main event could bring history. It's conceivable, if you've followed the discourse for the past two years, that this could be GSP's last fight at 170 pounds. Should he beat Shields, and Anderson Silva beats Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 in February, these two fighters are headed for a superfight collision. It's the MMA version of Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.


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