Their plans to pack Engenhão Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil may have fallen through at the 11th hour, but that’s not going to stop UFC president Dana White (Pictured) from jamming an Octagon inside of a major stadium within the near future. According to White, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion could kick off 2013 in grand fashion.
“We’re talking about doing some big fights here. If things work out the way they could, we’d end up doing a big fight probably in January,” White stated Thursday. “If that fight happens, we’re looking at three venues. Obviously, Las Vegas is always a venue. Dallas (Cowboys Stadium), Texas Stadium and Toronto (Rogers Centre) again.”
White would not elaborate on which fight or fighters would command the organization to reserve a venue of that magnitude. However, if it’s Canada, expect for welterweight king Georges St-Pierre’s name to be involved. If it’s an American stadium, middleweight champ Anderson Silva or the UFC’s latest golden boy Jon Jones would likely have to headline.
Although a UFC show inside Cowboys Stadium would be quite the extravaganza, it won’t draw anything close to the record crowd of 108,713 that witnessed 2010’s NBA All-Star game.
An audience of 50,994 came to the home of “America’s Team” to watch boxer Manny Pacquiao beat Joshua Clottey in March 2010. That number is a more realistic gauge as to what a UFC promotion could possibly do in the arena.
This isn’t the first time White has teased fans with a blockbuster event in The Lone Star State. In April 2010, White suggested they could host a card there within eight months.
The UFC set their all-time attendance record of 55,724 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre for UFC 129. The April 2011 show garnered a live gate of $12.075. GSP successfully defended his crown against Jake Shields in the night’s featured attraction.