Posted by Aleks_Smash
Posted by Budgellism
I disagree with your first paragraph and slightly with your third. How can you say Shields has faced tougher competition? I'm curious as to who you're talking about? Henderson? I would say Fitch at WW is more impressive a victory than Hendo at MW in this stage of his career.
With the third paragraph I disagree with you saying Bendo was out outclassed by Pettis. I had that fight 48-47, I don't know about you.
look at the competition between the two from 06 - now
GSP from 06 has beaten
bj penn 2x's -155er
matt hughes 2x's
josh koschek 2 x's
Matt serra - 155er
Jake Shields from 06 has beaten
yushin Okami - 185er
Robbie Lawler -185er
jason Miller - 185er
Dan Henderson - 185er-Strikeforce 205 champ
Both have faced tough competition but im going with jake to take it.
Fitch (you left out) who was and is the #2 WW in the world is on GSP's list. Alves who is probably at number 4 in the world at WW is on that list. Hughes when gsp beat him the first time was the number 1 WW in the world. Those guys alone should be enough. I'm talking respective weight classes here and gsp's list completely trumps Shields'. Shields has faced some great guys but none of them have been even close to capable of what gsp can do.
At this point in his career Hendo is a natural 205 pounder, not a 185 pounder. He gassed himself pretty badly after not being able to finish Shields. I'm not taking anything away from Shields, I think he'll beat most WWs out there but gsp is not on that list.