Originally Posted by morninglightmt
"first guy in a while that I'm gonna fight that is really worth the challenge" hahaha. Here's looking at you Kos and Hardy
GSP says that before every fight ("my most dangerous opponent" or something to that effect). It is part of his mental preparation so that he doesn't make the same mistake he made with Serra.
In this case it is actually somewhat true at least in that all of his last opponents except BJ did literally nothing better than GSP and BJ was outsized by at least 10-15 lbs. Shields can at least say with a straight face that he does something better than GSP. I don't think it will be nearly enough to win but it is more than Fitch/Kos/Hardy/Alves could say.