UFC faces trouble if Super Bowl date moved up
A general view as stadium workers clean snow from the field and stands during the Super Bowl XLVIII stadium preparations press conference at MetLife Stadium, Jan 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, US. (Photo Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
The UFC is planning a busy year with a record 54 events set for 2014. Last Saturday was UFC on FOX 10 from Chicago. Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (20-3) squeaked out a narrow split-decision win over Josh Thomson (20-6-1). It was not the kind of victory Henderson needed to get a shot at reclaiming his belt from current champion Anthony Pettis (17-2).
Next week is the traditional UFC Super Bowl weekend card on Feb. 1. UFC 169 is headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Renan Barao (31-1-1) and last-minute replacement Urijah Faber (30-6). It will be the second time these two have faced each other, but Faber has gone 4-0 since UFC 149, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Barao.
Dominick Cruz (19-1) was supposed to defend his UFC bantamweight title, but after being on the shelf for a couple of years with multiple injuries, Cruz was stripped of his title and the interim tag was taken off Barao’s gold. Faber, who has had six failed title attempts in the last five years in the UFC, is a great fighter who just falls short of winning a championship. Call him the Dan Marino of the UFC.
The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 2, but the NFL has been talking about possibly bumping the big game to Saturday to avoid bad weather. That decision could be a blow to the UFC pay-per-view and when Dana White was asked about it, he had this to say: “I was getting some tweets with people saying, ‘What are you going to do if the game gets moved to Saturday?’ Wow, wouldn’t that be a f***er. Ya that would hurt … Let’s just hope that doesn’t happen. I’ll move my fight to Monday [laughs].”
Last week I made mention that the UFC would most likely be coming back to Vancouver in 2014. MMASucka.com has been reporting that it could be on June 14. The official announcement will be this Wednesday at 9 a.m.