Every year the UFC presents an exciting card of fights the Saturday night before the biggest football game of the year, the Super Bowl. This year will be no different as UFC 169 is scheduled for February 1, in Newark, New Jersey. There has been speculation running around various sports media outlets that bad weather could potentially force the NFL to move the Super Bowl to another day. One of those potential days is Saturday, February 1.
So how would the UFC react if the NFL moved the most watched event of the year to the same day a UFC event is scheduled? Take the challenge and go head-to-head? Fight back?
No, accept defeat and reschedule, but we understand.
“Yeah, that(the Super Bowl moving to Saturday) would hurt,” UFC president Dana White said during the UFC 169 press conference.
Hurt? It would be the equivalency of a six second first round knockout, and that is not being unfair.
Over the last five years the UFC has grown in leaps and bounds. It is arguably the fastest growing sport in the United States and perhaps the world. With that being said, it is not close to the level of popularity that the NFL has. In the U.S., football is king.
“If 120 million people are watching the Super Bowl on Saturday, that would – yeah, let’s just hope that doesn’t happen,” White told reporters.
Should all the speculation become a reality? “I’ll move my fight to Monday,” White said jokingly.
UFC 169 features two title fights and boasts a solid under card. Renan Barao faces Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title and Jose Aldo defends the UFC featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas. Also, heavyweights Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem meet in a fight where a loss for either man could mean a pink slip from the UFC.
The Super Bowl features the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks in what could be the final game of Peyton Manning's storied career. The forecast as of this writing for the East Rutherford, New Jersey area is a high of 36 degrees with a 30% of rain or snow.
It is hard to imagine that the NFL would move the Super Bowl unless the weather was going to be extreme, so the UFC should be in the clear.