It’s a superfight that’s been talked about for years, but it appears closer to reality now than ever before.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will travel to Montreal next week with the hope that welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will defeat Carlos Condit, and then he’ll head into the Octagon to challenge the Canadian to a fight in 2013.
If the fight becomes reality, it will likely be the biggest fight in UFC history, and UFC president Dana White knows it.
That’s why the UFC has targeted three likely destinations for the potential superfight, although one spot seems to stand out in front of the others.
“There’s three great venues that you could do; we could go to Toronto, huge stadium there, Dallas Texas Stadium, or you could do a soccer stadium in Brazil. So those are our three options. We’ll see where it ends up,” White said on Wednesday.
In Toronto, the Rogers Centre would be the venue that could house a superfight like Silva vs. St-Pierre, and already held a huge event when the UFC traveled there in April 2011 for UFC 129. That event packed more than 55,000 fans into the Rogers Centre for the card, also headlined by Canada’s own St-Pierre.
Doing a show in a soccer stadium in Brazil has also been on the radar for UFC officials for some time, but White has often said that doing an outdoor show is extremely tough, and not their favorite idea in the world.
That leaves Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, affectionately known as “Jerry World” or “Jerry Jones’ Billion Dollar Playpen,” after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
The UFC has toyed with the idea of doing a show at Cowboys Stadium for several years, and while the other two venues mentioned could still happen, it’s almost a lock that if Silva vs. St-Pierre becomes a reality, the fight is headed to Texas.
“If Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva were to happen, that’s a fight you could do at Cowboys Stadium,” said White.
The UFC and officials from Cowboys Stadium have already talked in the past, and the MMA juggernaut knows it would be a welcome visitor whenever they decide to arrive there.
“We’ve been talking to them for a while,” White said about ongoing talks to land at Cowboys Stadium. “Believe me, they’re pumped and ready for whenever we can bring an event there. They’re ready for it.”
Now it’s just a matter of the fight actually happening, and if it does, look for Silva vs. St-Pierre to be the first UFC card ever to take place at Cowboys Stadium.