Mixed martial arts fans could be just one fight away from seeing their dream matchup. UFC president Dana White held a thirty-minute interview with MMA reporter Ariel Helwani to discuss the fallout from UFC 151′s cancellation and a variety of other MMA topics. One of those topics was a potential superfight between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
Fans have been calling for a Silva vs. St-Pierre fight for years and, now that GSP is ready for a November return against Carlos Condit, a win could set up the fight we have all been waiting for.
“I think we’re pretty close. If Georges St-Pierre beats (Carlos) Condit, that could be the next fight,” White said.
“These guys want to fight each other now. I think that if you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson (Silva) has, and you’ve been great as long as Georges has, you finally say ‘you know what I want to test myself, I think I can beat this guy.”
The biggest question would be what weight class the fight would happen at. Silva fights at 185-pounds and has even dabbled in the 205-pound division while St-Pierre has spent his career at 170-pounds. However, if the superfight was to take place it would likely happen at a catchweight.
“At one point it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170, and wanted to take Georges’ welterweight title, that’s what he was talking at one point. Then it was 180 catchweight cause Georges doesn’t want to go to 85, he’s going to stay at 70 and he goes ‘if I have to make the move to go to 85, I’d have to stay at 85′. So we figured that a 180lb catchweight makes sense,” White explained.
With a weight set and two willing fighters, what venue could possibly hold the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history? That is an easy question to answer.
“If that fight happens,” White said, “It will probably happen at Dallas, Texas Stadium.”.
White has always expressed his interest in holding a big event at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Cowboys Stadium is a billion dollar building that can hold up to 100,000 people. It also features a 60-yard high definition screen to enhance the viewing performance. The venue would be perfect for the superfight.
It is exciting to see the superfight just within our reach. Here is Dana White speaking with Ariel Helwani about the potential superfight: