The Super Bowl is highly recognized as the most popular event in American sports. It is basically sacred for many Americans, especially hardcore football fans. However, for UFC President Dana White, it’s not quite sacrosanct enough.
The UFC is planning to take advantage of the Super Bowl weekend’s flourishing market to reap some of it’s harvests; that’s just smart business planning on their part.
On Saturday, February 1st, the day before the Super Bowl, the UFC will feature two title fights between bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao, and featherweight champ Jose Aldo against Ricardo Lamas. Additionally, co-headlining the title fights will be a heavyweight matchup between two of the world’s elite heavyweights as Frank Mir takes on Alistair Overeem.
Cruz hasn’t fought professionally for over two years due to a series of complications with his recovery after tearing his ACL in 2012. While he’s been repairing his knee, Barao has been dominating the division, winning all six of his UFC fights in decisive fashion.
UFC Featherweight Champ Jose Aldo will put his belt on the line against Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas. Aldo hasn’t lost a fight since 2005 and has won five straight victories in the UFC. His challenger, Lamas, hasn’t lost a fight since 2010 and has won all four of his UFC bouts.
As for our heavyweights, there’s a lot of pressure on both of them going into this fight. Former UFC heavyweight Champ Frank Mir has lost three fights in a row and has said he will retire if he gets cut from the UFC. If he loses this fight against Overeem, that just might happen. His opponent, Alistair Overeem, is also in a stump. The Dutch giant has lost two fights in a row by knockout and could easily get cut if he loses his third in a row.
The night of exciting fights will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.