White wants Cowboys Stadium for Silva-Weidman II
July 10, 2013
In an interview with the NY Post, Dana White indicated that the he is thinking that the Silva v. Weidman rematch should take place at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. While the Super Bowl weekend 2014 in New Jersey was thought to be the frontrunner, it appears that White may want a bigger show.
White told the NY Post that he thinks that the rematch could be the biggest fight in UFC history and pegs the 105,000 seat Cowboys Stadium as a possibility.
Fox has big plans for Super Bowl weekend 2014 as it has rights to the event. The UFC will have a show the night before at the Prudential Center and there was speculation that Silva-Weidman II would be the best fit for the fight. However, the concern was that the Super Bowl would overshadow the fight and would not be in the best interest of the UFC especially if White thinks it the biggest fight in UFC history.
With Anderson Silva likely changing course and deciding to fight Weidman, we could see a big PPV rate of 1 million buys. However, does the event give rise to a stadium show. A logistical hurdle of holding the rematch in New Jersey is the travel for Brazilian fans to the show. If its held in Texas, less flight miles would be logged and the likelihood that more fans from South America would buy up the tickets. From a UFC perspective, booking the fight outside of Super Bowl weekend would benefit the UFC as many would think the fights at the Prudential Center an afterthought. The UFC wants to be the star of the weekend rather than play second in the media to the Super Bowl. We should get to know for certain soon as to a date and place.