(Pittsburgh?!? Those country rubes wouldn’t even know what to *do* with big-city action like this. PicProps: The new UFC.com)
It appears that neither Josh Koscheck nor Georges St. Pierre will get his wish regarding the locale for the pair’s Dec. 11 welterweight title fight. Both guys had previously expressed desires to hold the bout – which we assume will become a “heated grudge match” just as soon as Koscheck gets down to business being really annoying on “TUF 12” – close to home. GSP wanted Montreal. Koscheck wanted Pittsburgh. After the UFC recently opened an office in Toronto, it seemed the company might try to use this fight as its entre into the Forbidden City.
But with MMA still locked out of Ontario (tolerant, forward-thinking Ontario) UFC President Dana White told the Sun newspaper this week that Pittsburgh just didn’t feel quite big-time enough for a championship fight of this magnitude. Next stop, everyone’s favorite home-away-from-home: Las Vegas.
"If I could do it (in) Toronto, believe me, I’d do it there in a heartbeat," White told LV Sun MMA writer Brett Okamoto. "We’re still talking about doing a fight in Pittsburgh, but if you’re going to a fight, do you want to go to Pittsburgh or do you want to go to Vegas? If we’re going to do a big, major title fight like that, we’ve got to do it in Las Vegas."
Hear that, Pittsburgh? The UFC might deign to grace you with its presence at some point in the future, but don’t expect to get a Grade-A, first-class show like UFC 124. Big DW has your little backwater shanty town pegged as a bit more Fight Night-y, if you catch his drift. When the Octagon finally rolls into the Steel City, you can count on a main event more in the mold of … I don’t know … Joe Lauzon vs. Spencer Fisher. Maybe if you’re lucky, they’ll put it on Versus.
White says Koscheck-GSP is likely headed for the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay, and Okamoto postulates that the UFC would probably prefer the former’s Garden Arena, since it seats around 2,000-3,000 more.
Season 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will pit St. Pierre’s quiet confidence and endless supply of pinstriped business suits against Koscheck’s dye job and endless supply of college wrestling warm-up suits, debuts Sept. 15 on SpikeTV.
Stop adjusting your rabbit ears, Pittsburgh. That’s cable television. You can’t even get that on your giant, wood-paneled Brady Bunch TV sets.