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UFC president believes St-Pierre vs. Silva superfight is close

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TSN.ca Staff
9/5/2012 12:39:09 AM
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After years of speculation, it appears a superfight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva may be close to becoming a reality.

"I think we're pretty close. I mean if Georges St-Pierre beats [Carlos] Condit, that could be the next fight," UFC president Dana White told Ariel Helwani on FUEL TV's UFC Tonight, on Tuesday.

"These guys want to fight each other now," explained White. "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 think I can beat this guy.'"

If the fight were to take place, White admitted that Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas would be the most likely location. 

White went on to describe how Silva had discussed moving down to 170 pounds to challenge St-Pierre for the welterweight title, but that the bout would likely take place at a catch-weight of 180 pounds.

White said that St-Pierre plans to stay at 170 pounds and that a move to 185 would be a permanent one for the Canadian fighter.

St-Pierre (22-2) is slated to defend his title against interim champion Carlos Condit in November at UFC 154 in Montreal. St-Pierre has won nine straight bouts dating back to 2007, but has spent the last year recovering from an ACL injury to his right knee.

Silva (32-4) is undefeated since entering the UFC in 2006, posting 15 consecutive wins in the octagon, including 14 title defences.

Georges St-Pierre (Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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