In a move that, if necessary, will likely save the butyrate on the UFC 169 PPV card, the UFC has announced that if the Super Bowl is moved to Saturday due to inclement weather then UFC 169 will shift to Sunday. If so, the UFC will hold it’s normal PPV schedule meaning that the main card will start at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
This year, the Super Bowl takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey while UFC 169 goes down just up the road in Newark.
The UFC on FOX Twitter account sent this tweet out confirming the rumors:
UFC just announced if for some reason the Superbowl gets moved to Saturday because of weather, #UFC169
will be moved to Sunday. #BigNews.
— UFCONFOX (@UFCONFOX) January 26, 2014
The last time Urijah Faber and Renan Barao headlined a card was at UFC 149, the PPV did 235,000 buys. The Super Bowl brought in 108.4 million ratings according to Nielson Co. This just illustrates the general size of the audience for each and although the co-main event of UFC 169 is a featherweight title fight, champion Jose Aldo hasn’t found much success on the PPV market in terms of drawing a crowd.
Dana White appeared on Los Angeles radio station KROQ this morning to discuss the plan put together by FOX. He stated that FOX called him to work out the details if a move to Sunday was necessary.
The forecast for Sunday in East Rutherfod calls for just 20% precipitation and with a high of 38 ̊ fahrenheit, a lot of that could be a mixture of snow and rain.
Safe travels to those attending either event but for those who plan on watching this weekend, I would plan for business as usual.
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