UFC president Dana White looks to have dropped his long-standing opposition to stadium events with plans to promote his first ever large-venue card at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, sometime in 2010.
White, who often stated his reluctance to vary from the UFC’s intimate arena format, appears to have done an about-turn on the subject after witnessing the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey boxing extravaganza he attended there in March.
“We’re definitely, 100 percent going to Cowboys Stadium, no doubt about it. With our sport, people will fly in from all over the world,” White said recently.
The official home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys was completed on May 27, 2009 and certainly lives up to the celebrated “everything is bigger in Texas” catchphrase. It’s the largest domed stadium in the world with a record crowd of 108,713, has the world’s largest column-free interior and sports the world’s largest high definition video screen which hangs from 20 yard line to 20 yard line. The UFC chief was suitably impressed.
“I have and I would love to do a fight there. Yep, and I’m Mr. Anti-Stadium. Now that I experienced that (expletive) place, let me tell you what, it’s incredible. It’s incredible. The nicest stadium I have seen in my entire life,” White told Carlos Arias.
The world’s premier MMA organisation has previously held two events in the Lone Star State, most recently UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort on September 19, 2009 inside American Airlines Center in Dallas.