Big fights require big venues.
And at the moment, there is no bigger fight than a much-anticipated showdown between current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva facing off against welterweight kingpin, Georges St. Pierre.
UFC President Dana White revealed earlier today a face-to-face challenge from "The Spider" towards "GSP" could go down immediately after UFC 154 should St. Pierre defeat Carlos Condit on Nov. 17, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Should "Rush" accept, the next step will be deciding on a perfect location to hold this much-anticipated ‘super fight' between arguably two of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters to ever compete in the sport.
Speaking at yesterday's (Nov 7) UFC 154 conference call, White revealed he has three venues in mind, and they all have the potential to break attendance records:
"Obviously, there's three great venues that you'd do. We could go to Toronto, huge stadium there, Dallas, Texas stadium or a soccer stadium in Brazil. This fight has to happen people. It's fun to talk about this super fight but I'm sure it's pissing Carlos off every time it's asked. We've been talking to the Cowboys guys for a while. Whenever we want to do an event there, they're ready for it."
Brazil, which is often referred to as the birthplace of the sport, should have no issues drawing in rabid fans in order to fill a soccer stadium in an event that features the greatest fighter the country has ever produced.
If the UFC wants to give "Rush" the home field advantage, so to speak, then the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which played host to UFC 129 and featured "GSP" defending his title against Jake Shields back in 2011 and shattered attendance records for an MMA event in North America with 55,000 fans, will be the perfect setting.
If looking for ‘neutral ground,' then Cowboy's Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys which is located in Arlington, Texas and can accommodate upwards of 100,000 fans, will do just fine. Jerry Jones, the charismatic owner of the Cowboys and brainchild of the luxury mega-stadium that goes with them, is more than happy to play host to such a monumental event.
No word if the infamous Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders will serve as honorary ring card girls, as well.
What, in your opinion, is the best setting for this highly-anticipated showdown? Brazil, Canada or the great state of Texas?