By: Chris Taylor
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) returns to the octagon at UFC 154, this following a 19-month layoff due to a knee injury. If George is victorious against interim titleholder Carlos Condit (28-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) this November, one of the biggest fights in UFC history could follow.
That proposed fight would pit the Canadian welterweight champion against the longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva (32-4 MMA, 15-0 UFC). UFC president Dana White addressed the possible super fight recently and stated that it would likely take place at a catch weight of 180 lbs and that he had the 105,000 seat – Cowboys Stadium in mind for the venue.
“I think we’re pretty close,” White said Tuesday on FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight.” “If Georges St-Pierre beats Condit, that could be the next fight.
“These guys want to fight each other now. If you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson has, and you’ve been great as long as Georges has, you finally want to say, ‘I want to test myself. I think I can beat this guy.’”
“They’ll probably do the fight at 180 (pounds),” he said. “At one point, it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170. He wanted to take Georges’ welterweight title. Then it was 180, the catch weight, because Georges doesn’t want to go to ’85. Georges said, ‘If I have to make a move to go to ’85, I’d have to stay at ’85.’ So we figured a 180-pound catch weight makes sense.
“If that fight happens, it will probably happen at Dallas’ Texas Stadium.”
If the super fight was to take place at Cowboys Stadium, the results could lead to a record breaking show. The UFC held it’s first and only stadium show (UFC 129) in April of 2011 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. George St-Pierre headlined UFC 129 against Jake Shields, while fellow Canadian and 145lbs title challenger Mark Hominick met featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the co-headliner. The event broke UFC and North American MMA records in both attendance (55,724) and gate ($12.1 million).