Earlier this week, an NFL executive said there was a chance they would move Super Bowl XLVIII to Saturday if the weather was too bad in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday. Outside of dealing with the initial shock of getting drunk on a Super Bowl Saturday instead of the traditional Super Bowl Sunday, the change isn’t a biggie for the majority of people.
The UFC are in the minority then, because they are planning on hosting “UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber II” on Saturday in Prudential Center in Newark. The pay-per-view broadcast showcases a pair of title tilts.
Clearly, the UFC would lose the battle against the NFL in a landslide. Not only because it’s the biggest football game of the year, featuring the league’s best offense in the Denver Broncos against the league’s best defense in the Seattle Seahawks, but it’s also free instead of $54.99.
UFC president Dana White addressed the potential dilemma this past Thursday.
“Wow, wouldn’t that be a f*****?” White sarcastically asked. “If 120 million people are watching the Super Bowl on Saturday, that would … yeah, let’s just hope that doesn’t happen. I’ll move my fight to Monday.”
However, following UFC on FOX 10 on Saturday, UFC Senior Director of Public Relations Dave Sholler, who took White’s spot at the podium, announced the organization will move UFC 169 to Sunday should the NFL swap the Super Bowl to Saturday.
MetLife Stadium workers have been shoveling show off the field and seats all week. It is expected to be extremely cold, possibly single-digits, in New Jersey leading into the weekend.
According to weather.com, it will be 37 degrees with a 27 percent chance of showers in NJ on Saturday. Snow is also a possibility. No word on how bad the weather must be before NFL officials decide to pull the trigger on the date change or when they’ll make that decision.
Ngo-stradamus predicts: The Sports Gods will trump the Weather Man and UFC 169 goes down on Saturday and the Super Bowl is held on Sunday as planned.