UFC planning two shows in one night, maybe in Feb

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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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