What happens to UFC 169, which is slated to go down on February 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., if the NFL’s Super Bowl – which is scheduled for February 2 in nearby East Rutherford – is moved to Saturday night instead of Sunday? What if, because of the spate of inclement weather the Northeast has been experiencing lately, the UFC and the biggest football event of the year are force to go head to head? As the dates for these respective sporting events approach, it seems as if this conflict could very well arise – and when it comes to selling tickets and racking up pay-per-view buys while MMA’s target demographic is consumed with the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, it’s a battle the UFC knows that it has no chance of winning.
FOX Sports asked Dana White about this very subject.
“I’ve been seeing that. I didn’t know, I don’t keep on that stuff, but I was getting some tweets from people saying, ‘What are you going to do if the game gets moved to Saturday?’. Wow, wouldn’t that be a f**ker?” UFC president Dana White commented on Thursday when speaking to FOX Sports. “Yeah that would hurt.
“If 120 million people are watching the Super Bowl on Saturday — let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.”
“I’ll move my fight to Monday,” White joked.
If the two events end up being on the same night, it will truly be the worst-case scenario for the UFC. As sporting events go, a UFC pay-per-view is simply too big an endeavor to reschedule for the next day or the day after that. It’s likely the show will have to go on – which would mean a UFC event with a ton of empty seats and horrific pay-per-view bottom line.
Let’s hope that scenario doesn’t come to fruition.