In Las Vegas on Saturday night, UFC Light-heavyweight Champion Anderson Silva defeated challenger Vitor Belfort with a first round knockout on an unorthodox front kick; given the right pieces falling into place between now and then, including Georges St. Pierre defeating Jake Shields in their middleweight title bout on April 30, one of the most anticipated fights in mixed martial arts history could be coming to Arlington.
In the aftermath of Silva’s 8th title defenses in as many tries, his 13th consecutive victory in as many UFC bouts, UFC President Dana White told reporters that he is ready to pull the trigger on a bout between Silva and St. Pierre, who has won seven consecutive fights and has a 21-2 record going into his fight with Shields.
While to potential super-fight remains in its infant stages, White had Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on his mind when discussing a potential host site. From the Los Angeles Times:
Sparing Shields the indignity of being considered a formality before MMA's ultimate showdown, White declined to get into finer details of a Silva-St-Pierre match, such as site or date. He said it would be "later this year" and could be staged either in Toronto — where the St-Pierre-Shields fight is expected to draw 40,000-plus — or at the site of the Super Bowl, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
White was on hand for last year’s Manny Pacquiao fight and came away impressed, suggesting to reporters that he would like to hold a UFC event at the venue in the future. If we get lucky, that event might just be the most heavily billed in the history of the rapidly-growing sport.
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