Answering on whether he thinks Jake Shields has what it takes to take the belt away from Georges St. Pierre: Look, Jake Shields' Jiu-Jitsu is unbelievable. What I think is that Georges is a better athlete than Jake, but Jake's Jiu-Jitsu is better than Georges'. So yes, I think he has what it takes to win this fight. And it's not just that, I'm surprised with my cousin Cesar. His camp is now very united, with a lot of great fighters. They are having a really good training there, so I think it will be a very competitive fight against Georges St. Pierre.

But Georges is improving every day, and for me as an athlete, he's the best athlete the UFC have right now. He put himself on that level, and it's hard to see someone coming even close to this. He can keep his pace forever, without getting tired or being slower. And that's very hard to achieve, especially in MMA.

Again, my art is Jiu-Jitsu. And to see Jake Shields working is amazing. I think that his Jiu-Jitsu alone can give him a great advantage in this fight.

PRIDE veteran, favorite and Renzo Gracie BJJ Academy in Stamford Head Instructor, Daniel Gracie, shared his thoughts ahead of this weekend's UFC Welterweight showdown between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields. St. Pierre, BJJ Black Belt under Bruno Fernandes, spent a lot of time under the patronage of  Renzo Gracie in New York in preparations for Jake Shields, as well as for his previous fights against Josh Koscheck and Dan Hardy. Jake Shields' mentor Cesar Gracie recently expressed his disappointment with Renzo Gracie training Georges St. Pierre, who's not representing his academy.

Full exclusive interview with Daniel Gracie will be posted next week.

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