- Rising MMA star Jack Shore will be delighted to meet former dual-weight champion Georges Saint-Pierre.
- The Canadian wrestler was Shore’s hero as a child and is often compared to him in the Octagon.
- At 26, Shore is one of the brightest young talents in the UFC.
UFC rising star Jack Shore dreams of meeting Georges Saint-Pierre, one of the unanimous mixed martial arts goats and fighter the 26-year-old is often compared to.
Shore leads a group of up-and-coming British fighters who have made a splash on the global combat sports scene.
He last fought on September 4, defeating his opponent Ludwik Scholinian by deciding to join his British fighters Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann and Tom Aspinall in the UFC win column in Las Vegas that night.
“It was a good performance,” Shore told Insider modestly during a press conference on his return to the UK last week.
He said he went out to the match injured and “basically fought him with one hand,” so he was thrilled with the result that propelled his unbeaten professional MMA record to 15 wins (four knockouts, eight suppression and three decisions).
During the broadcast of the fight, UFC commentator and former champion Michael Bisping, also British, compared Shore’s style and skills to Saint-Pierre.
This is not the first time he has done this.
GSP – Shore’s hero
At a post-match press conference at UFC Fight Island last year, Insider proudly noted that Shore was shining when he heard Bisping compared him to a Canadian and added that Saint-Pierre was his “hero” as a child.
During a media call last week, Shore told Insider that it “would be a dream come true” to talk, meet, and even train with the former UFC dual-weight champion.
“Not even to train with him, just to meet him, reflect, chat with him,” Shore told us.
“This guy was top notch there in different weight classes. He seems to be one of the few fighters who made it to the top with a good business mindset.
“So obviously I would like to train with him,” he said. “But just to meet, to chat would also be great. Fingers crossed, we will do it in the future, when we grew up being a big fan, watching him as a child, it would be an honor for me to meet him. “
After recovering from his injuries, Shore wants to fight 3 fights in 2022.
As for what will happen to him next, Shore said that his thumb was broken, that a plaster cast was applied to his arm, and during the interview he was waiting for a scan of his injured shoulder.
He doesn’t think he can compete again in 2021, but wants to fight three times in 2022, aiming to make the top 10 in the 135 lb bantamweight division.
Shore specifically targeted Cody Stamann, who is ranked 14th, and Rafael Assuncao, who is 12th, as he believes victories against such fighters may allow him to get the better of the ladder.
“It will be great to have three fights next year and make it to the top 10,” he said.