Jake Shields is an outstanding fighter. Unfortunately, he's a relative unknown who many fans aren't giving a fair shake to take this fight with Georges St. Pierre. While the UFC has done a fantastic job in showcasing the kind of fighter Shields truly is, it still might not be enough to beat one of the sport's pound-for-pound best.
There isn't a doubt in my mind that Georges St. Pierre wants to keep this fight standing. With the best wrestling in the UFC's welterweight division at his disposal, that's a likely possibility. GSP will utilize his jab and dictate the pace of this fight if he can force Shields to strike with him.
Shields may be a wizard on the ground, but the question is whether or not he can get the fight there. I honestly don't believe he constantly can, which removes the core of Shields' plan for success. This fight is less about Shields being inadequate and more about St. Pierre being dominant.