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A potential superfight between Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva has the world of MMA buzzing – and it should.
Though it’s probably six or seven months away, it would be the biggest fight in UFC history, the kind of event that boxing has not been able to put together for more than a decade. UFC president Dana White said this week on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” (via BJPenn.com) that he’s going to fly to Brazil to speak with Silva next week and then he’ll meet with St-Pierre shortly after.
Meanwhile, fellow fighters are weighing in on who they think will have their hand raised. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans said on MMAFighting.com’s “The MMA Hour” that he believes St-Pierre, his former training partner, will beat Silva. UFC welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada wrote on Twitter that Silva is “not a smart fight” for GSP because Silva is an “unpredictable, creative and smart striker.”
It was only Saturday that St-Pierre beat Carlos Condit in a bloody war to retain his welterweight title at UFC 154. With an ice pack held to a large bump near his temple, St-Pierre was asked multiple times about facing Silva, who was in attendance at the Montreal event, and grew agitated.
But that’s all anyone is going to ask him about until the two enter the Octagon and look across at each other. Anticipation is bubbling over and no bout agreement is imminent.
Fights like this can be once in an era. Silva is the greatest UFC fighter of all-time with an undefeated record in 16 fights and a record 10 title defenses. St-Pierre has won 10 straight fights, including seven title defenses in a row. They’re also only one weight class apart – Silva at 185 and St-Pierre at 170 – so putting them together makes it easier.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are similar in weight, too, and we’re not any closer to seeing those two fight. When and if St-Pierre and Silva clash, that’ll be another success for MMA in an area where boxing has failed – putting the company’s two biggest draws against each other.
White says Cowboys Stadium, the Rogers Centre in Montreal and a soccer stadium in Brazil are the candidates to host the spectacle with Cowboys Stadium being the most likely candidate because of its neutrality. St-Pierre is from Canada and Silva is a native of Brazil. The UFC boss also left the door open for Las Vegas as a possibility.
The MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay are nice venues to host a fight, but this one needs something bigger. Cowboys Stadium would more than fit the bill. Pacquiao has fought there twice – against Joshua Clottey and Juan Manuel Marquez – and both times drew less than 55,000 fans.
St-Pierre has already drawn that much at Rogers Centre and that was against little-known Jake Shields. Against Silva? Six figures worth of spectators is within the realm of possibility.
Weidman out: UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman had to pull out of next month’s UFC 155 due to what he believes to be a torn labrum, Newsday first reported. Fellow Long Island resident and training partner Costa Philippou will replace him against Tim Boetsch.
An injury of that significance would be awful for Weidman, one of the top up and coming fighters in the UFC. He could be out anywhere from three to six months. This bad news comes just weeks after Weidman lost his Baldwin Harbor home to the the Hurricane Sandy superstorm.
Maybe when he returns he can get that deserved shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
UFC’s White, Palms have falling out: Don’t expect to see the UFC back at the Palms anytime soon. The Las Vegas resort and casino cut White’s credit line in half and the president pulled his organization’s shows from Palms venues.
“I had a little beef with the Palms, and I ripped the UFC out of there,” White told MMAjunkie.com with a chuckle.
White was a huge tipper at the Palms, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He ran up dinner tabs between $15,000 and $20,000 three or four times a week and threw in $10,000 tips.
An unnamed source told the paper that White “changed people’s lives” with his generosity. Now he’ll be doing that at the Hard Rock, where “The Ultimate Fighter” finale will be held next month.
Terrible job the Palms. The Cosmopolitan is better anyway.
Ronda Rousey could have company. Sara McMann, a former Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, says she’s close to inking a deal with the UFC. Could she be Rousey’s first fight? According to White, a Rousey women’s bantamweight title bout could headline a UFC pay per view. … Matt Mitrione will step in to face Roy Nelson at “The Ultimate Fighter” finale Dec. 15. Shane Carwin had to pull out with a knee injury. … The UFC has curiously not yet extended a contract offer to former Bellator lightweight champion and free agent Eddie Alvarez. I still expect to see him in the Octagon when all is said and done. … Former Wagner College football player Mike Mucitelli was victorous Friday at Bellator 81, submitting Matt Uhde in just 26 seconds with an armbar. … Bellator is off Friday night for Thanksgiving. It returns to MTV2 on Nov. 30.