For the longest time, the UFC has been talking about potentially putting on a fight in the massive AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, which holds north of 100,000 fans, but UFC president Dana White has always said that it would have to be the right fight.
So what is the right fight? Well a super fight between all-time greats Anderson Silva, and Georges St. Pierre may have done the trick, but that never came to fruition. The UFC also thought about having Brock Lesnar headline a show there, but that also never seemed to work out.
Well, in 2015, the UFC may finally have its fight, as long-time mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports has reported that the highly-anticipated featherweight title unification bout between reigning champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Conor McGregor may be headed to Dallas.
The two were supposed to have met at last weekend’s mega event, UFC 189, but the bout fell apart due to an Aldo rib injury. McGregor went on to beat No. 1-contender Chad Mendes, making the bout with Aldo even bigger.
However, White had already confirmed that the bout will be in Las Vegas, so what changed? Well, the promotion was eyeing a December 5, 2015 date at UFC 194 for the showdown, and it seems as if the MGM Grand has a concert booked for that day.
The MGM suggested that the UFC take the card to another Vegas arena in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, but that arena is simply too small, especially for a fight of this magnitude. The MGM housed over 16,000 fans for UFC 189, and that was without Aldo. The Mandalay Bay would hold less than 12,000 fans, likely ruling it out as an option.
Although this has not been confirmed at all by any UFC executive, it sure seems as if it could be a huge possibility.
There is no doubt that Aldo vs. McGregor could quite possibly be the biggest fight in UFC history, but could it be big enough for Cowboy Stadium? It sure seems as the UFC’s best bet if they really want to head to Dallas.
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