Georges St-Pierre-Josh Koscheck Fight To Be Held in Either Pittsburgh or Toronto
Georges St-Pierre is set to defend his welterweight title for a fifth time in December of 2010 when he takes on number one contender Josh Koscheck.
The fight is scheduled to take place after the finale of The Ultimate Fighter's 12th seson, in which both St-Pierre and Koscheck are coaches.
While no exact date has been set for the fight, online reports state that UFC President Dana White is hoping to host the fight in either Toronto or Pittsburgh. Both cities giving each fighter a home field advantage.
St-Pierre, who fights out of Montreal, Quebec, is one of the biggest mainstream sports stars in Canada. He beat out Pittsburgh Penguins captain and the face of hockey, Sidney Crosby, for the honour of Canada's top athlete in 2009—as voted on by the fans.
While Josh Koscheck may fight out of Fresno, California, he was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, which is about an hour away from Pittsburgh. Fighting in Pittsburgh would give Koscheck the novelty of being the fan favorite as he is becoming one of the top villains in all of MMA.
Both cities have top notch facilities that the event could be held in.
When December rolls around, the new Consol Energy Center, home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, will have been open for a few months. The UFC could make history and be one of the first organizations to hold a non-hockey event in the new arena.
In Toronto, there are both the Rogers Centre, formerly The Skydome, and Air Canada Centre to choose from.
It is believed that Dana White would like to stage an event at the Rogers Centre, a facility which hosted a record breaking 68,237 fans for Wrestlemania 18 on Mar. 17, 2002.
In order to be able to host the fight at Rogers Centre, the sport of MMA first has to be sanctioned in the province of Ontario. That is something that the UFC has been trying to get done for almost two years now.
Last week in a attempt to further move the regulatory process along, the UFC held a press conference at Rogers Centre announcing that they would be opening a corporate office in Toronto. The UFC also appointed former CFL commissioner Tom Wright as the director of the UFC Toronto office.
According to Tom Wright, the UFC Toronto office is set to be fully operational within the next month.
If MMA can be sanctioned in time, then expect an announcement of the GSP/Koscheck title to be held in Toronto in December. Otherwise it looks like Pittsburgh is where the fight will take place.
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