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GSP vs. Koscheck II Deemed Too Important for Pittsburgh, Likely Headed for Vegas

(Pittsburgh?!? Those country rubes wouldn’t even know what to *do* with big-city action like this. PicProps: The new

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.

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Dick_Gozenya- August 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Isn't Detroit an abandoned urban wasteland that is in the process of being reclaimed by nature? I thought Detroit was the city they used to film Will Smith in "I Am Legend".
theASSmurderer- August 7, 2010 at 10:52 am
ehhhh not detroit im pretty sure that city is still a piece of shit
Chute Box Bad Boy- August 7, 2010 at 10:19 am
They should have it on Broadway for all the acting kos is gonna be producing.
AkilleeZ- August 7, 2010 at 10:17 am
C'mon lets get an event in downtown Detroit already.
Chute Box Bad Boy- August 7, 2010 at 10:15 am
Kos by illegal eyepoke and knee combo.who needs skill when you can fake like he can.smh
Momoplata- August 7, 2010 at 10:07 am
a yaooo .they should fight on the moon son
Sudos KFC- August 7, 2010 at 9:12 am
Hockey sucks, fyi
StinkFacer- August 7, 2010 at 8:48 am
im just wondering when were going to get a UFC event in Miami....and not some bobby lashley Strikeforce card. At least we get Bellator but it's definitely not enough. Whats Dana White got against Cubans anyway...
danomite- August 7, 2010 at 8:42 am
having recently driven through Pennsylvania I have to say that this was an excellent decision by Dana. I'm pretty sure all those jokes you hurled at PA's expense are in fact a true picture of what life up there is really like. Oh, and one more thing....

Sudos KFC- August 7, 2010 at 8:41 am
Honestly I wanted it in pittsburge bc I am sick of gsp getting home field, I mean serra who was the champ had to go to montreal I believe? Yes I'm aware how much money it makes the ufc but its still bullshit, mma is clearly not ENTIRELY a sport or it would be a little more random.
Uronurback- August 7, 2010 at 8:27 am
wow this sucks, I was hoping for it to be in pgh.. Im from pittsburgh and to be honest this fight is to big for this city.. we've had one semi major event and the fans sucked...
OPIO- August 7, 2010 at 8:24 am
Too bad for Pittsburgh. When the fuck will UFC come to NYC?
cagefightmon- August 7, 2010 at 7:52 am
When all else fails, go for the eye sockets, Koschek . . . or fake an illegal blow delivered by GSP.