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UFC President Dana White updates the fans on the negotiations with champions Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, hoping to draw both necessary parties closer to an agreement sooner rather than later for what could potentially be the biggest fight in UFC history.
Hot on the heels of Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) latest pay-per-view (PPV) conquest, with a top-notch event in UFC 154 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Nov. 17, 2012, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans want to know what will be next for UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
For years, speculation swirled about a potential "super fight" between the two MMA legends, but it never seemed as though it was anything more than a fantasy of epic video game-like proportions. That is until recently, when the talks have escalated to the point where many believe that the contest is something that has some real legitimate substance to it.
There are still many "x-factors" that stand in the way, but the chief obstacle standing in the way is merely getting both fighters to sign on the dotted line.
AXS TV's Ron Kruck caught up with UFC President Dana White after UFC 154, where they talked about what the future between St. Pierre and Silva may hold.
But, before they got into any of that, White was quick to point out just how impressed he was with the latest title defense by "Rush:"
"I think what made tonight special is that he's been off for so long -- a surgery that ends careers. He battled back from it, fought one of the toughest guys out there, a very well-rounded and motivated Carlos Condit. He was in trouble tonight, got out of it -- it couldn't have been a better fight."
As far as the next step for St. Pierre goes, White admitted that he is a potential conundrum, having to do with an MMA love triangle of sorts that comprises St. Pierre, Silva and Johny Hendricks.
White isn't exactly sure what the next chess move will be, but before he pursues any other possibilities, he's still intent on at least trying to make the fight between St. Pierre and Silva come together, if there's any way that it can be done:
"The division is stacked. Johny Hendricks looked awesome tonight, again. Everyone wants to see this 'GSP' vs. Anderson Silva fight. I'm gonna give Georges 10 days to rest, relax and regroup, and we'll get together. We're probably gonna fly out and talk to Anderson [Silva] next week, and then I'll get together with Georges in a couple weeks."
If White is able to get both men to cave and agree to fight each other, one of the next hurdles will be figuring out just which venue will be the lucky host for the epic event.
White admitted that Dallas (Cowboys Stadium), Brazil and Canada (presumably Montreal or Toronto) are all sites that would be strongly considered. But, he also thinks people shouldn't be so quick to toss out the home and longtime flagship of the UFC -- "Sin City:"
"All three of those are options. As we sit down, and we start to negotiate, I think that Dallas, Texas Stadium will make the most sense, because it's neutral. But you can't rule out Las Vegas, either. You really can't rule out Las Vegas. It's a destination where people wanna go and hang out for a weekend."
As the drama continues to unfold, MMAmania.com will keep you up to speed on the latest and greatest regarding the potential "super fight" between St. Pierre and Silva.