Ultimate Fighting Championship
President Dana White wants the
fight. Middleweight champion Anderson
seems to want the fight. Now, if they could only get
St. Pierre will return from a lengthy injury-induced layoff to
defend his welterweight crown against interim titleholder Carlos
Condit in the UFC
154 main event on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The
31-year-old Canadian last fought in April 2011, when he defeated
Shields by unanimous decision. Soon after, a serious knee
injury and resulting surgery stalled his career.
While many consider the St. Pierre-Condit unification bout a
blockbuster in its own right, White has designs on a far more
ambitious pairing, one featuring St. Pierre and Silva in a
pound-for-pound super fight between UFC champions. The UFC boss
expects the Brazilian to be in attendance to watch St. Pierre in
“There’s no doubt Anderson
Silva is there to cheer Georges St.
Pierre on,” White said during a pre-fight media call. “He wants
him to win this fight, and he wants to fight him after. The fight
has to happen, people.”
White already has mapped out three potential locales for the
Silva-St. Pierre super fight: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas,
the Rogers Centre in Toronto or a soccer stadium in Brazil. Cowboys
Stadium may be the most intriguing of the three. Home to the NFL’s
Dallas Cowboys, it seats 80,000 fans for football games but can be
reconfigured to hold more than 100,000. It drew 50,994 to a boxing
match between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey in March 2010 and
could conceivably draw far more to a UFC event featuring St. Pierre
“We’ve been talking to the Cowboys guys for a while,” White said.
“Whenever we want to do an event there, they’re ready for it.”
St. Pierre, who has remained non-committal on the idea of facing
Silva, has kept his focus on the man in front of him.
“I don't care about Anderson
Silva; he can do whatever he wants,” he said. “I’m focusing on
Condit, and that’s all that matters for me.”
Though the St. Pierre-Silva discussion leaves him as something of a
forgotten man, Condit understands the interest behind a potential
showdown between two of the sport’s most accomplished fighters.
“Yeah, a GSP-Anderson fight intrigues me,” he said. “They’re the
two best fighters to step into the Octagon. You want to see who’s
the best, but first thing’s first. I have to do my thing. It’s
definitely motivating. I like playing the role of spoiler.
“There’s a lot of people in the sport and media that are
overlooking me and are looking forward to a super fight between
Georges and Anderson,” Condit added. “I’m looking to get in there
and do my thing and hopefully change [their] plans.”
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