Although middleweight king Anderson Silva puts his crown on the line this Saturday against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126, company president Dana White couldn’t help but field questions regarding a mega-fight between “The Spider” and welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre during Wednesday’s press conference.
When asked where the proposed fantasy fight might go down, White said it would likely happen up north.
“When you start thinking about an Anderson Silva-GSP fight, you could do that anywhere,” White stated. “But it would be tough not to do the thing in Canada.”
While many believe having our northern neighbors host the blockbuster scrap would give St-Pierre a definitive home-cage advantage, money talks no matter which language you speak.
GSP and Josh Koscheck set the North American attendance record at UFC 124 this past December. A reported 23,152 screaming GSP fanboys packed the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that evening.
The baddest 170-pounder in bare feet will defend his belt against Jake Shields at UFC 129 on April 30th. Toronto’s Rogers Centre in Canada will have approximately 42,000 tickets available for the show.
Nearly a quarter of those seats will cost $100 or less, so it should be a packed house. Despite the guaranteed cha-ching GSP/Silva would garner in Canada, White said it wasn’t his only option.
“We could do Canada, and we could do Brazil, too,” White added. “We could do Las Vegas, and it would be big. We could do Dallas, and it would be big. We could do the Staples Center, and it would be big.
Alright Dana, we got it. A ton of peeps wanna see these G.O.A.T.’s go at it. So why hasn’t it happened yet?
“There are so many obstacles in the way of this happening. It’s something that’s cool to talk about, but until it becomes a reality, I have no idea what we do or how we do it,” White added.
“This is one of those dream fights. As far as their legacies go, it’s huge for both guys.”
White said last month that GSP vs. Silva “makes all the sense in the world” if both champions won their upcoming matchups.