While UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva will be slugging it out with Demian Maia this Saturday at UFC 112, it appears his stiffest competition may be swinging a golf club thousands of miles away.
Tiger Woods will be making his highly anticipated return to golf this weekend at The Masters in Augusta, Georgia. While the PGA couldn’t be more pleased, Woods’ comeback will now hoard all the media attention on a weekend the UFC is hosting their first promotion with their new partners, Flash Entertainment.
Flash is a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s government. The city was rated by Fortune Magazine back in 2007 as being one of the world’s richest, as it accounts for roughly 9% of the world’s proven oil reserves and almost 5% of the world’s natural gas.
After years of refusing to bring on additional investors, the UFC sought out the Abu Dhabi-based company because they firmly believe Flash can assist them in achieving global dominance, with the help of access to their unlimited funds.
Abu Dhabi was so honored to host an Octagon event that they built the Concert Arena in the Ferrari World theme park, a brand new outdoor stadium created to accommodate this Saturday’s extravaganza.
The pay-per-view broadcast will showcase two spectacular title fights. Lightweight king BJ Penn will look to hold off the gritty Frankie Edgar in the night’s co-main event, and middleweight champ Anderson Silva will face Brazilian jiu jitsu ace Demian Maia in the card’s featured attraction.
Despite the significance behind UFC 112 for Octagon brass, it appears Tiger will rain on the UFC’s parade as you can expect to see Woods’ face plastered all over ESPN throughout this April 8th weekend.
At the same time, UFC president Dana White didn’t seem too worried about Tiger’s return after he posted the following message on his Twitter Monday afternoon, “Go Tiger!!! Win this thing and shove it up the media’s ass!!!!!”
Don’t forget that it’s an early start for UFC 112, with the live pay-per-view broadcast beginning at 1PM ET/10AM PT. However, a same-day replay will also be made available during the UFC’s customary 10PM ET/7PM PT time slot.
CBS airs their coverage of The Masters between 3:30PM-7PM ET/12:30PM-4PM PT.
Woods’ life has become a living soap opera after crashing his Cadillac Escalade in late November. The accident ignited the biggest sex scandal ever known to man, with countless mistresses emerging and millions of endorsement dollars lost.