UFC planning two shows in one night, maybe in Feb

by Dave Meltzer | source: sports.yahoo.com

UFC president Dana White laid out ambitious plans for future international live events. White envisions multiple, simultaneous UFC shows, perhaps as early as February.

“When we go to Japan next year, we are going to be putting on a show at the same time in Las Vegas,” he said.

While he didn’t confirm the date, UFC is scheduled for a show on Feb. 26 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The show would take place in the early afternoon in Japan, so it would air in the U.S. on Feb. 25, a Saturday night, live in the usual 9 p.m. Eastern pay-per-view time slot.

When asked how the company was going to handle a dual-show evening from a television standpoint, White just smiled and said, “You’ll see.”

There have been multiple-location, pay-per-view events staged in the past, most recently for the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz bout in Las Vegas on Sept. 17. The co-headlining bout on that event was the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“We’ll be doing a lot of that in the future,” White said.

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Sierra Nevada site profile image  

9/29/11 10:57 PM by Sierra Nevada

I will watch the free one, and stream the others.  

Colboyo site profile image  

9/29/11 5:45 PM by Colboyo

Bas in Japan!

Devlin site profile image  

9/29/11 6:23 AM by Devlin

Maybe scream lady from pride/dream?

Chromium site profile image  

9/29/11 6:12 AM by Chromium

Even if they only did one hour and fifteen minutes of prelims in Japan, in order for the PPV to run 9 PM to midnight on the U.S. East Coast the show would already have to start at fucking 9:45 AM in the morning in Japan. In February there is a 10-hour time difference (it's an 11 hour difference during U.S. Daylight Savings Time). That limits them to just eight fights, about the minimum acceptable amount. If they did an eight-fight card on free tv in Vegas _before_ the show in Tokyo , then they could use fights from that show as inserts for the PPV if needed. It'd be like a shorter Ultimate Fight Night sort of deal, leading up to an hour of live prelims from Japan (there'd probably have to be one overlapping "dark" match), and then the PPV.This way they aren't asking the Japanese crowd to be there even earlier (as Zach Arnold pointed out, attending a show at the Saitama Super Arena at 10 AM is asking a lot of fans to wake up around 6 AM as it is, not to mention the fighters).

DRevan site profile image  

9/29/11 5:07 AM by DRevan

Why? One of these two cards, if there really are two in one night, is likely to be FREE.

Killian Monson site profile image  

9/29/11 4:44 AM by Killian Monson

Has Meltzer ever turned out to be correct on any of his bullshit UFC rumour mongering? Save for WWE Dave

Shope_1990 site profile image  

9/28/11 7:39 PM by Shope_1990

Love this idea!

Sierra Nevada site profile image  

9/28/11 7:28 PM by Sierra Nevada

 I think I will never order a pay per view UFC event, again. I have spent over $2000 dollars, over the past several years. I will stream them from now on. Rich fuckers laughing at us to the bank.

rockwell site profile image  

9/28/11 6:40 PM by rockwell

Bruce Buffer will handle MC duties at the Vegas card and we'll have Bluce Buffer for the Japan card.

fna site profile image  

9/28/11 6:03 PM by fna

this. the voice and trigg announced titan at the event last friday then announced the dream event from a production truck in the states later that night