During last nights showing of Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight, President Dana White answered numerous lingering questions online. Of those questions was the likeliness of middleweight champ Anderson Silva versus welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
“I mean if Georges St-Pierre beats [Carlos] Condit, (Silva) could be the next fight,” White told interviewer Ariel Helwani.
There is only one location in the U.S. that would be suitable for the super-fight as White clarifies.
“If that fight happens, it will probably happen at Dallas, TX stadium,” said White.
The venue would be by far the largest in UFC history as the current record stands at 55,724 from UFC 129 on April 30, 2011 in Toronto. The TX stadium capacity stands at an enlarged 80,000 capacity.
“At one point it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170 and take Georges’ welterweight title,” said White. “That was what he was talking at one point. Then it was 180 as a catchweight, because Georges doesn’t want to go to 185, he’s going to stay at ’70. He said if ‘I had to make the move to go to ’85, I’d have to stay at ’85.’ We figured that a 180-pound catchweight makes sense.”
What makes the bout so likely now after teasing the fans with it so long?
“These guys want to fight each other now,” said White. “I think that, if you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson has, and been great as long as Georges has, you finally want to say, ‘I want to test this guy, I think I can beat this guy.'”
With Carlos Condit currently standing as the only road block in the proposed fight, we will find out if the champion versus champion fight will in fact transpire after UFC 154 in Montreal on November 17.