UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. (MARIE-CLAUDE FOREST/QMI Agency file photo)
UFC president Dana White has a venue in mind for the possible super-fight between Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva.
“If that fight happens, it will probably happen at Dallas (Cowboys) Stadium,” White said Tuesday on UFC Tonight.
Though the venue offers roughly 105,000 seats during football games, its combat-sports attendance record is 50,994, set by Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey in 2010. Depending on the stadium set-up, St. Pierre and Silva could easily break the North American MMA record of 55,724, established when the Quebec native defeated Jake Shields at UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last year.
But before MMA fans get too excited, St. Pierre still has to successfully unify the welterweight titles against interim champ Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in Montreal Nov. 17.
“If Georges St. Pierre beats Condit, that could be the next fight,” White said.
“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.’ ”
Should the bout between St. Pierre and Silva finally become a reality after years of rumours and speculation, White said the two will meet at a 180-pound catchweight.
“At one point, it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170,” White began. “He wanted to take Georges’ welterweight title. Then it was 180, the catchweight, 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.”